Ashok Gehlot announces Rs 5 lakh families whose kin died of lightning

Ashok Gehlot said we cannot return their lives, but this effort is definitely there to provide support in the havoc of natural calamity

Ashok Gehlot, the chief minister of Rajasthan, on Monday, announced an ex-gratia amount of Rs 5 lakh each to the families of those who lost their kin due to lightning in the state.

“Chief Minister Shri Ashok Gehlot has announced an ex-gratia of Rs. 5 lakh each to the families of those who lost their lives due to lightning in the state,” Congress said, adding, “We cannot return their lives, but this effort is definitely there to provide support in the havoc of natural calamity.”

The Congress party condoled the loss of lives due to the lightning in Rajasthan. “May God give strength to their family members to bear this loss. The state Congress government’s condolences and cooperation are with the dead and injured and the government is with them in every difficult situation,” the party said.

“The death of 4 children in Kanwas village (Kota) and 3 in Kudinna village, Bari (Dholpur) due to lightning is very heartbreaking,” the state chief minister said.

He further added, “My deepest condolences to the families of the children. May God give them strength in this very sad time. Praying for the speedy recovery of the injured children.”

After coming across the news of deaths due to lightning in the states of Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, the Congress leader and Wayanad Parliamentarian also condoled the loss of lives due to the natural calamity.

He said, “In Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, 38 people lost their lives in 24 hours due to lightning. Condolences to their loved ones at this sad time.”

The Congress leader further said, “There is an appeal to the state governments to extend all possible help to the families of the deceased.”

It is pertinent to mention that at least 70 people died on Sunday in lightning strikes across Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Rajasthan. This comes a month after lightning strikes in several districts of West Bengal on June 7 killed at least 27 people.

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