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Storm kills 10, mango crop affected

india Updated: May 10, 2007 18:11 IST
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The high-velocity storm that swept eastern Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday evening claimed 10 lives in the region. It also affected the mango crop.

According to the information, two people died in each of the following districts, Varanasi, Sonebhadra, Jaunpur, Bhadohi and one each in Mirzapur and Azamgarh district due to storm related accidents.

Besides, mango and vegetable crops suffered major losses. Several trees and electric poles were also uprooted in the storm that swept the region with a speed of around 75 kilometer per hour.

A 12-year-old boy Tarun Kumar, son of Nanhku Chauhan died at Jairampur village under Chaubepur police station when the branch of a mango tree fell on him while he was collecting mangoes during the storm.

Similarly, a 12-year-old boy Prakash Sonekar, son of Surendra Sonkar died at Bandepur village under Rohania police station while collecting mangoes. A seven-year-old daughter of Sahdev also died at Kon block in Mirzapur district due to a storm related accident.

Reports said a 60-year-old woman Vifaiya Devi died at Gayaspur village under Kandharpur police station in Azamgarh district when a temporary tin shade fell on her. Manoj (8) and Aganu (16) died at separate places under Gyanpur police station, Bhadohi district during the storm.

A couple Ram Achal Maurya (45) and Bhanumati (42) died when they came in touch with a live electric wire, which had fallen due to a storm at Japtapur village under Sarai Khwaja police station in Jaunpur district.

A woman Santoshi Devi also died at Duddhi area in Sonebhadra district when a tree fell on her. A 70-year-old trader, Narsingh Jaiswal died when a tree fell on him at Kudari Dham in Chopan area of Sonebhadra district.