Powerful Thunderstorm Hits Uttarakhand, 4 Killed In Separate Incidents
A child was killed and three were injured when a 100-year-old papal tree uprooted by the storm fell on them in the Jalalpur area of Haridwar district. A powerful thunderstorm accompanied by rain hit various parts of Uttarakhand, uprooting trees and killing at least four people in separate incidents, officials said on Wednesday. Two people, including a child, were killed in Haridwar district while the Pauli and Nainital districts recorded one fatality each in the storm that hit the state late on Tuesday, they said. A child was killed and three were injured when a 100-year-old papal tree uprooted by the storm fell on them in the Jalalpur area of Haridwar district, Senior Superintendent of Police Ajay Singh said. In a separate incident, a pilgrim from Sonipat in Haryana was killed when a tree fell on him in the Chamgadar Tape area near Haridwar’s Hark Ki Pair, Singh said. Besides a large number of trees, electric poles were also uprooted, causing prolonged power outages in many areas of Haridwar, he said. Several hoardings were also blown away. The thunderstorm also uprooted trees and electric poles in the Pauli district. Manjit Singh Aswan was killed and his wife injured when a tree fell on the couple near the Buddha Park in Kotwal, the police said. According to the police, in the Haldane area of Nainital district, Uttarakhand High Court lawyer Tanuj Semwal was killed when a tree fell on his car.