A strong rain and hailstorm in Uttar Pradesh’s Sonbhadra district have claimed the lives of five people, including four women and a child. The deceased individuals have been identified as Geeta Devi, Santra, Rajkumari, Yashodiya, and Rajpati. The tragic incident occurred on the night between Friday and Saturday when a group of six people, including four women and two children, went out to collect wood and did not return.
After hours of waiting, the family members of the missing individuals approached the authorities and launched a search operation. A police squad uncovered four dead, including three women and one child, on the riverbanks in the early hours of Saturday. The fifth woman’s body was discovered in the Rampur Barkonia police station area.
Sonbhadra’s Additional Superintendent of Police, Kalu Singh, stated that “Four women and two children from the village of Garhwa had gone to collect wood when heavy rain fell. They ran to seek shelter, and during this time, hailstorm water from the mountains washed away these five persons, killing them.”
The incident highlights the importance of taking safety measures during natural disasters, such as staying indoors during heavy rain and hailstorms and avoiding low-lying areas. It is also essential to have an emergency plan in place and stay informed about weather conditions to ensure everyone’s safety.
The bodies of all five victims have been located and transported for post-mortem examination, according to the ASP. Our hearts go out to the families and loved ones of the deceased. We hope that such incidents serve as a reminder to take necessary precautions during natural disasters to prevent loss of life and property.