At least 22 die as rains lash Uttar Pradesh

August 19th, 2008 - 4:40 pm ICT by IANS  

Lucknow, Aug 19 (IANS) At least 22 people were killed in rain related incidents in seven districts of Uttar Pradesh in the past 24 hours, officials said Tuesday. House collapses due to heavy rains caused most of the deaths, they added.

With the details of the damage caused by the rainfall still being collected, officials said the casualties were reported from Barabanki, Sultanpur, Lakhmipur, Bahraich, Banda, Chitrakoot and Auraiya districts.

The maximum number of deaths was reported from Barabanki, where six people died in separate incidents of wall and ceiling collapse.

“The casualties have been reported from Shahabpur and Kursi villages of the district,” Barabanki district magistrate Ravindra Nair told IANS.

The district administration has already started distributing compensation to the bereaved families, he added.

In Sultanpur district, five people including three women died in separate incidents of house collapse that occurred in Musafirkhana and Amethi towns, official said.

“We are providing all necessary help to those displaced following the rains,” Sultanpur district magistrate Vishal Rai told IANS.

Meanwhile, the state meteorological office director L.C. Ram said that moderate to heavy rains would continue to lash Uttar Pradesh at least for the next 24 hours.

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