9 killed in UP thunderstorm

9 killed in UP thunderstorm

Vehicles ride past during a dust storm in Mathura on Wednesday. PTI

A thunderstorm lashed parts of western Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday, killing nine people and injuring four others, a week after a freak weather system battered the region.

Four people died in Etawah district, three in Mathura and one in Agra in accidents related to Wednesdays thunderstorm, said Avanish Awasthi, principal secretary, information.

Another death was reported from Hathras district where a 15-year-old boy was struck by lightning while returning from fields in Mohabbatpura village.

Thunderstorms and lightning on May 2-3 had killed at least 134 people and injured more than 400 in five states. Uttar Pradesh was the hardest hit with 80 deaths, most of them in Agra district.

About 100 people were killed in the state as mud houses collapsed, trees uprooted and electricity cables snapped.

Since the May 2-3 thunderstorm, the India Meteorological Department had issued more bad weather alerts for north Indian states.