CM Yogi Adityanath cuts Karnataka campaign after criticism to visit storm ravaged Agra

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CM Yogi Adityanath to visit Agra a high storm ravaged parts of Uttar Pradesh

New Delhi/Lucknow:MNN: CM Yogi Adityanth currently on an election campaign in Karnataka, is rushing back to visit storm-ravaged Agra, a senior official said on May 4.

A dust storm, accompanied by rain, wreaked havoc across Uttar Pradesh yesterday, killing more than 73 people, uprooting trees and flattening houses.

CM Yogi Adityanth will arrive in Agra on May 4 night and visit the calamity-hit areas on May 5 morning, Principal Secretary Information Avanish Awasthi said.

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CM Yogi Adityanath was criticised on May 3 by Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah for remaining in Karnataka even after UP was hit by storm.

“I am sorry your CM is needed here in Karnataka,” Mr. Siddaramaiah tweeted.

“I am sure he will return soon & attend to his work there.”

In Uttar Pradesh, 73 people died – 43 of them in Agra.

The storm swept across Delhi too, but no loss or damages have been reported from national capital.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted his condolences

Prime Minister said the states have been offered help to deal with the crisis.

Agra bore the brunt of the storm, with 43 people dying in the district.

Bijnore reported three deaths and Saharanpur two, officials said.

CM Yogi Adityanath will review the relief and restoration efforts in Agra district, the U.P. official said.

The Chief Minister will later leave for Kanpur to monitor the relief work there and in nearby districts, Mr. Awasthi said.

A high-intensity storm ravaged parts of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan on May 2 night, leaving 73 people dead and 91 injured in Mr. Adityanath’s State alone.

Agra district was the worst hit, accounting for 43 deaths and injuries to 51 others.

CM Yogi Adityanath was earlier scheduled to campaign in poll-bound Karnataka till May 5.

Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan have been one of the worst-hit states due to the freak storms that tore down homes and toppled walls, giving many victims no time to escape.

Officials in Uttar Pradesh complained that the weather conditions had taken them by surprise as the weather office forecast did not indicate the intensity of the calamity.

Today, the Indian Meteorological Department said the thunderstorm accompanied by severe winds were likely today over Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, Punjab, Bihar, Jharkhand, Sikkim, Odisha, northwest Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, Rayalaseema, north coastal Andhra Pradesh, interior Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

The severe winds are expected to continue over the next few days but the number of affected states would decline.

In Rajasthan, where 35 people died and 209 were injured, officials said most of the deaths were due to lightening.

The storm has also disrupted power supply due to damage to 12,000 electric poles and 2,500 transformers.

Many parts of the Telangana capital have been without power since last night.

Six people were killed in weather related Telangana including 2 boys killed by lightening in Hyderabad.

For tomorrow also, the home ministry issued an advisory saying thunderstorm accompanied with squall are very likely at isolated places in Uttarakhand, Assam and Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Sub Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim.

Thunderstorm accompanied with gusty winds are very likely to occur at isolated places in Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and gangetic West Bengal.

Heavy rains are very likely at isolated places in Assam, Meghalaya and Tripura.

Dust -storms are very likely at isolated places in Rajasthan, an official said.

The intense storm and lightning uprooted trees, snapped power cables and led to the collapse of many thatched houses.

Most of the people who died, were sleeping when their roofs collapsed in the storm.

Dust storm and heavy rains hit Delhi as well on Wednesday evening.

The sudden gust of wind lasted for not more than a few minutes, but it was enough to derail airport operations

Fifteen flights, including two international flights, had to be diverted.

“Saddened by the loss of lives due to dust storms in various parts of India.

Condolences to the bereaved families. May the injured recover soon.

Have asked officials to coordinate with the respective state governments and work towards assisting those who have been affected,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted.

The storm hit western UP after 6.30 pm.

While it was not of very high intensity, local factors played a role in the impact, officials said.

“It was quite intense for Saharanpur, even though the damage there was relatively less than other areas,” Mr Kumar said.

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