12 dead as heavy rain lashes Rajasthan

At least twelve people died in Rajasthan's Dholpur and Bharatpur districts, after heavy rain and thunderstorms lashed large parts of the state on Wednesday.

While seven died in Dholpur's Badead area, five died in Bharatpur after unprecedented rainfall created havoc on Wednesday.

In Dholpur, most of the deaths reported were due to roofs and walls of houses collapsing in at least six villages. A senior officer of Dholpur district administration confirmed, "At most of the places victims were sleeping. The heavy rainfall also affected railway services where trees fell down on the tracks".

Train movement was also affected on the Agra-Dholpur railway line due to the heavy rain. Parts of Dholpur suffered water logging as well, thus, disrupting normal life.

On Wednesday rain and storms hit the northern belt of the country as pre-monsoon conditions set in. As per the forecast, harsh weather conditions will continue till Friday.

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