While the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a warning for thunderstorm for next 5 days in five north-western states of India, PM Modi has approved granting an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh to kin of all those who have lost their lives in the dust storm in Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan since May 2.

In last two days since May 2, heavy atmospheric disturbance led to intense dust and thunderstorm in five states of India – Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Punjab and Telangana. Considered to be one of the most dreadful natural hazards in India, the storm has claimed lives of 124 people while more than 300 were injured in just two days. The maximum number of casualties have been reported in UP where 73 people lost their lives. Adding to the misery, the IMD has issued an alert for thunderstorm for upcoming five days in five north-western states, which were affected by the calamity.

The Union Home Ministry has also issued an advisory to states of Uttarakhand, Assam and Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Sub Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim to take measures as the thunderstorm is approaching for next five days. Gusty winds may also hit the northern states of Jammu-Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab. Meanwhile, PM Modi took it to Twitter and announced that he has approved granting an ex-gratia worth Rs 2 lakh to kin of each victim who lost their lives during the thunderstorm. Also, an ex-gratia of Rs 50,000 will be given to all those who were injured during the calamity in five states of India.

The ex-gratia will be granted as a part of the Prime Minister National Relief Fund and assistance will be provided to the victims. The situation is still worrisome in the affected states as thunderstorm looms for upcoming five days. While the administration is working on relief and damage repair tasks, people continue to suffer with no or weak electricity and shortage of food and water might rise if the condition persists. Immediate help and rescue operations in large numbers should be made, and that will be a real help to the people who are still alive and suffering.