Lucknow: The death toll in Sunday's thunderstorm and rain-related incidents has mounted to 42 in Uttar Pradesh.
More than 70 people were reportedly injured in the storm which hit around 24 districts of the state.
The highest number of deaths were reported from Bareilly, where seven people died, followed by six in Kasganj district and five in Barabanki.
Officials on Monday evening had confirmed deaths of 42 people in the thunderstorm so far.
UP Relief Commissioner Sanjay Kumar told UNI that government has ordered the concerned district authorities to give compensation in next 24 hours to all the families of the deceased.
Mr Kumar said that the government will provide Rs 4 lakh as compensation to the families of the deceased, while the injured would receive between Rs 50,000 and Rs 2 lakh.
Last night, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath too directed the district authorities to provide relief to the affected families on a war-footing.
Meanwhile, the weather office has again issued alert of thunderstorm in several districts of UP during next 24 hours.
Weather Office Director JP Gupta in a statement on Monday said that that thunderstorm accompanied by squall and gusty winds are likely in some areas of UP during next 24 hours.
The districts alerted by the weatherman are Azamgarh, Sultanpur, Ambedkarnagar, Gonda, Basti, Faizabad, Santkabirnagar, Gorakhpur, Ballia, Deoria, Kushinagar, Maharajganj, Sidharthnaghar, Balrampur, Shraswasti, Bahriach, Shahjahanpur, Pilibhit, Bijnore, JP Nagar, Rampur, Moradabad,, Bareilly, Bulandshahr, Badaun and other areas.
However, rail, road and air services were hit in the state during the storm yesterday, while in several parts of the state electricity supply was disrupted due to uprooting of electric poles.
A strong storm, along with rains, lashed the state on Sunday with wind at a speed of 50 to 70 km per hour.
Several districts have ordered closing down of schools in view of the threat on Monday and it will continue on Tuesday too.
Meanwhile, Bollywood star and BJP MP from Mathura Hema Malani had a narrow escape when a tree got uprooted and fell in front of her convey in Mathura when she was travelling during the storm.
Several vehicles also turned turtle and fell on each other on Delhi-Kanpur Highway, following heavy rainfall and dust storm in Bulandshahr.
A report from Kasganj quoting District Magistrate RP Singh said that six people, including three of a family, were killed in the incident.
He said that compensation of Rs 4 lakh would be given to the families of the deceased. Besides, under farmers insurance scheme they could get Rs 5 lakh as ex-gratia in addition. UNI