Ateast 30 killed due to thunderstorm in UP, Bihar and Jharkhand

Following thunderstorms and lightning in Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh on May 28, nearly 30 people were killed and many others injured.
At least 12 people were killed and nearly 28 injured in thunderstorms in different parts of Jharkhand and 17 people died in Bihar and 9 in Uttar Pradesh.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has announced an ex gratia of Rs 4 lakh each to families of those who died.
According to the India Meteorological Department’s warning in Ranchi, thunderstorms would continue till the monsoon hits Jharkhand around June 12.
“Due to availability of ample moisture in the atmosphere, pre-monsoon thunder cells will be forming causing intermittent thunderstorm and heavy rain in parts of Jharkhand,” said BK Mandal, director at IMD, Ranchi.
According to reports, the meteorological department in Lucknow has predicted thunderstorm accompanied with rain, squall and hail stones in some areas in Hardoi, Sitapur and Farrukhabad districts on May 29.
“Thunderstorm accompanied with rain/squall/hailstone is likely to occur today during next three hours over some areas in Hardoi, Sitapur, Farrukhabad districts and adjoining areas,” the India Meteorological Department said.