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A fresh warning by the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted thunderstorm, strong wind and rain in the next few days across the country.

Uttar Pradesh Relief Commissioner, Sanjay Kumar on Thursday said that compensation will be provided to those affected by the thunderstorm that hit various districts of Uttar Pradesh Wednesday night.

On Wednesday night, four people died in Etawah district, three in Mathura district and one each in Agra, Aligarh, Kanpur and Firozabad towns in Uttar Pradesh state, Awasthi said.

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He said all the fix works of the damage caused by the storm must commence at the earliest along with the assessment of the damage. In Agra's Nagla Nathuali village, under Etmadpur police jurisdiction, a 35-year-old man, identified as Ramratan, was killed after a tree fell on his hut.

The death toll due to the thunderstorm which has been battering Western UP has reached 11, with over half a dozen people injured.

The casualty reported from Hathras district pertained to a 15-year-old boy, who was fatally struck by lightning at Mohabbatpura village.

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The earlier storm had killed at least 134 people and injured more than 400 in five states, the Home Ministry had said. He rushed back to Agra to meet the families of the victims and injured. An official release said he asked the ministers-in-charge and district magistrates to visit the affected districts. Schools and colleges were closed in several districts, he said. There is a clear directives from chief minister Yogi Adityanath to speed up the relief operations.

A similar unseasonal dust storm and thundershowers a week ago, left more than 120 people dead, 73 in Uttar Pradesh state alone.

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