Lucknow: In another Natural disaster incident, As many as 19 people died and 12 were injured due to heavy rains and flooding in 16 districts across Uttar Pradesh in the past 24 hours, officials said on Sunday.
The meteorological department has predicted rainfall throughout the state for the next two days.
Heavy rains lashed the Uttar Pradesh capital and its neighboring areas on Monday affecting normal life as people braced for the Janmashtami celebrations.
Water entered the houses in many places in old Lucknow, Sapru Marg, Narahi, Hariharnagar, Mulayamnagar, Jankipuram, Dubagga and low lying areas in Gomtinagar. Most of it was due to blocked drains, residents said.
The IAF personnel rescued 14 people stranded in Lalitpur and Jhansi districts due to heavy rains, drawing appreciation from UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
Shahjahanpur bore the maximum brunt of the weather onslaught on Saturday, as six people were killed in incidents of lightning strike, while seven were injured.
A statement by the office of the UP Relief Commissioner on Sunday said, "Six people lost their lives in Shahjahanpur, while three died in Sitapur district and two people each in Auraiyya and Amethi".
One person each died in Lakhimpur Kheri, Rae Bareli and Unnao, it said adding all the deaths took place on Saturday.
Eighteen animals were killed and as many as 461 houses or huts were damaged, the statement added.
The meteorological department predicted widespread rainfall in eastern and western parts of the state on Monday and Tuesday.
"Mohit (24), Bablu (5), Anmol (10) and Dablu (11) died when they were struck by lightning, while three were seriously injured," he said.
Vandana (11) of Nabipur village and Ashok (42) of Sikandarpur village, also lost their lives when lightning struck them, Tripathi said.
"Sub-Divisional Magistrate Ramji Mishra was sent to the spot. Financial assistance of Rs 4 lakh is being made available to the kin of the deceased," he said.
The bodies were sent for post-mortem and the injured admitted to Shahjahanpur district hospital, police said.
Meanwhile, IAF personnel rescued 14 people stranded in Lalitpur and Jhansi districts.
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