Eleven persons were killed and eight were injured due to lightning strikes in Madhya Pradesh.
The latest deaths, including that of a 10-year-old girl, brought the death toll due to bad weather since March 1 to at least 35.
More than 100 have been injured and thousands of hectares of mustard, lentil and wheat crop have been damaged due to bad weather this month.
“As per preliminary reports, 720 villages in 30 districts have been affected by the seasonal rains and hailstorms, and crops in 31,850 hectares of land have been lost,” Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said.
Recent hailstorm claimed 23 lives: MP CM
March 09, 2006 19:32 IST
Twenty-three people died and 102 others injured in a recent hailstorm in Madhya Pradesh, which also caused extensive damage to crops in 30 districts, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said Thursday.
As per the preliminary report, 720 villages in 30 districts were affected by the unseasonal rains and hailstorm and crops in 31,850 hectares land were lost, Chouhan told reporters in Bhopal.
The figures can rise as reports from other areas were pouring in, he said adding, apart from loss of human life to lightning and storms, around 64 animals were also killed.
Maintaining that his government was serious about the plight of farmers, the chief minister said instructions were issued to senior officials to estimate the losses so as to start relief work.