24 killed in thunderstorm in UP

Lucknow: At least 24 people were killed in Uttar Pradesh as thunderstorm hit several parts of the state, uprooting trees and electric poles, officials said Monday.

While nine persons were killed in Pratapgarh, eight deaths were reported from Aligarh, two each from Jaunpur and Mau and one each from Sultanpur, Lucknow and Nawabganj in storm-related incidents since yesterday, they said.

Trees and electric and telephone poles were uprooted at a number of places, disrupting train and vehicular movement on national highways.

Power supply was also affected in several districts including the state capital, they said.