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Thunderstorm claims seven lives at Kumbh Mela

Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Friday visited the ongoing Simhastha Kumbh Mela site where seven people were killed and around 90 others were injured when heavy rains accompanied by lightning and squall flattened and uprooted makeshift tents put up by pilgrims.

Thunderstorm claims seven lives at Kumbh Mela
Devotees take the holy dip in River Kshipra during Simhastha Maha Kumbh Mela in Ujjain


Chouhan arrived here at around 4 am and after visiting the affected area he returned to Bhopal at 9.30 am, Ujjain Divisional Commissioner Ravindra Pastaur said.

Meanwhile, life on Friday limped back to normal, a day after nature’s fury was unleashed at the Kumbh Mela site in this ancient city.

The rain had on Thursday made large parts of the Mela ground slushy, making the rescue operation difficult. The authorities had cut off the electricity supply to the area as a precautionary measure. “Things have been set right and electricity supply has been restored in the city,” Pastaur said. Around nine lakh devotees and sadhus are in the city taking part in the Kumbh Mela.

Terming the incident as painful, Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each to the kin of the deceased.

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