New Delhi: Rains and thunderstorm, accompanied with gusty winds, hit Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, along with Delhi and the national capital region (NCR) on Wednesday evening.

As per the warning issued by the weather department for the next five days, thundersquall with wind speed reaching 60-70 kmph accompanied with hail and lightning at isolated places are likely over east Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Assam, Meghalaya, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, West Bengal, Sikkim, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura on Wednesday.

On Thursday, thunderstorm with squall is lifely over Odisha, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Assam, Meghalaya, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, West Bengal, Sikkim, Nagaland, Manipur and Mizoram.

On Friday, April 19, thundersquall with hail and lightning at islolated places over Odisha, Gangetic West Bengal and Kerala is likely. On April 20 and 21, thunderstorm accompanied with gusty winds with speed reaching 40-50 kmph and lightning is expected over Gangetic West Bengal, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, coastal Andhra Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

Nearly 50 people were killed as rains coupled with thunderstorm and lightning hit several parts of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharashtra on Tuesday night.

The unseasonal rains and storm also caused damage to property and crops in Gujarat and Rajasthan.
Rajasthan witnessed the maximum casualties with 21 people killed in rain-related incidents following by Madhya Pradesh where 15 were killed. While 10 people were killed in Gujarat, three were killed in Maharashtra.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to twitter in the morning to express anguish over the loss of lives in the rains in Gujarat and announced relief.

The PMO in a tweet said,”PM @narendramodi has expressed grief at loss of lives due to unseasonal rains and storms in MP, Rajasthan, Manipur & various parts of the country”.

“An ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each for the next of kin of those who lost their lives due to unseasonal rain & storms in MP, Rajasthan, Manipur & various parts of the country has been approved from the PM’s National Relief Fund. Rs 50,000 each for the injured has also been approved,” it added.