68 killed by lightning in North India; 11 people died while taking selfies

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  • Death taking selfie
  • Heavy rains continue
  • Government of Rajasthan with assistance

New Delhi: At least 68 people were killed by lightning in various parts of northern India. In UP alone, 41 people were killed by lightning. In Rajasthan, 20 people were killed by lightning, according to national media reports.

Despite heavy rains in Rajasthan, 11 people took selfies at the Watch Tower at the Amer Palace in Jaipur, police said. Eleven people were injured, said Police Commissioner Anand Srivastava.

In Rajasthan alone, 20 people were killed by lightning on Sunday, seven of them from Kota and Dholpur districts, India Today reported. Seven people died in Madhya Pradesh. Ten people have been injured in the state.

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According to preliminary data, the total death toll in UP was 41. Areas like Prayagraj have been receiving heavy rains in recent hours. Four died in the Kanpur Dehat and Fatehpur areas and three in Firozabad. Four deaths were reported in Kaushambi. Two died in Kanpur Nagar and one in Pratapgarh, Hardol and Mirzapur. UP Prime Minister Yogi Adityanath has ordered the government to provide immediate help to the victims.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also expressed regret at the death toll from lightning strikes in Rajasthan. The Prime Minister said the incident was tragic and expressed his condolences to the families of the victims. The Rajasthan government has announced compensation of Rs 5 lakh each to the families of the deceased. Of this, 4 lakhs of rupees will come from the emergency relief fund and 1 lakhs of rupees from the Chief Minister’s Disaster Relief Fund.

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