The Uttar Pradesh government has directed all the District Magistrates to distribute the ex-gratia to the kin of a person killed in a natural calamity within 24 hours.
"The District Magistrates have been asked that in case of any death in a natural calamity, financial assistance to the family members of the victim should be provided within 24 hours," Relief Commissioner K K Sinha said in Lucknow.
He said that Rs 30 crore have been allocated to all the districts for relief works. Atleast 70 people were killed in various districts of the state in the last one month in incidents related to dust storm and thunder storm.
"Majority of these deaths have taken place in Allahabad, Aligarh, Gazipur and Jaunpur districts," he said. He said that so far Rs 2.2 crore had been distributed in cases of death due to lightning and duststorm.
Evaluation of property damaged in the rain and storm was being done and financial assistance would be provided to affected persons, he said. The District Magistrates have been asked to make necessary arrangements to tackle possible floods in the state. "They have been asked to chalk out a flood relief plan at the earliest," he said.