President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have condoled deaths in the thunderstorm and rain that hit the country Sunday evening leaving a trail of destruction.
Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, Mr Kovind said, “Sad to hear of loss of lives due to rain and thunderstorms in different parts of the country. Condolences to those bereaved. Thoughts with fellow citizens who have been affected, especially little children.’
The Prime Minister too mourned the deaths and urged departments concerned to provide assistance to the affected.
“Saddened by the loss of lives due to storms in some parts of the country. Condolences to the bereaved families. I pray for the speedy recovery of those injured. Asked officials to provide all possible assistance to those affected,” he tweeted.
Expressing grief over the tragedy, Congress president Congress Rahul Gandhi also assured full assistance to the people. ‘At least 18 people have been reportedly killed in lightening strikes in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and West Bengal today. My condolences to their families. I urge Congress party workers to provide all possible assistance to the bereaved families, Mr Gandhi tweeted.