At least 32 people killed as severe weather slams India

At least 32 people killed as severe weather slams India

Modi's Gujarat-specific tweet has met with criticism by Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath who accused the Prime Minister of not extending similar help for victims of weather-related calamities in Madhya Pradesh.

Tuesday's storm had winds reaching 50 kilometers per hour (30 miles per hour) and damaged homes and uprooted trees and power lines in Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Rajasthan states.

"The Prime Minister has also approved Rs. 50,000 each for those injured due to unseasonal rain and storms in parts of Gujarat", PMO further informed.

The PMO in a tweet later said,"PM @narendramodi has expressed grief at the loss of lives due to unseasonal rains and storms in MP, Rajasthan, Manipur & various parts of the country".

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the government was monitoring the situation in the affected areas.

The Prime Minister's Office said the government was doing everything to provide all possible assistance.

Later the prime minister said, "we stand in solidarity with all those affected due to unseasonal rainfall in various parts of the country".

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister wrote on Twitter: "Modi ji, you are the PM of country, not only Gujarat's".

As many as nine persons, including four children, died in Rajasthan as lightning struck many areas in the state.

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Gusty winds accompanied with rains affected normal life in Rajasthan on Tuesday and left 10 persons dead, a senior official said in Jaipur.

The Press Trust of India news agency said 13 other deaths were reported in Gujarat and Maharashtra states. But you have confined your feelings to Gujarat only.

The BJP hit back, accusing Nath of doing politics over the loss caused by rains and storm.

"According to preliminary reports coming from different parts of the state, at least 10 people have lost their lives", G B Manglpara, the state government's director (Relief), told PTI.

He asserted that more than 10 lives were lost in MP due to the torrential rains and posed a question on why the PM's sympathies are only for the people of Gujarat.

Also, a portion of a tent erected for Modi's rally in Himmatnagar town of North Gujarat was also damaged in the dust storm, an official had said.

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani announced an aid of Rs 2 lakh each to the kin of the deceased in the western state. The crops have also been damaged in most of the locations.

In Gujarat, Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Banaskantha, Patan, Mehsana, Sabarkantha and Anand were severely affected, reported India Today.

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