Lucknow: Nine people were killed and two injured when a wall came crashing down in Lucknow after heavy rain in the last 24 hours. The unusually heavy rain has also caused waterlogging in several parts of the city.
Those injured in the wall collapse have been admitted to the Civil Hospital where doctors said that they are out of danger.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath announced compensation of ₹ 4 lakh for those who died and ₹ 2 lakh for the treatment of the injured.
“Some labourers were living in huts outside an Army enclave in the Dilkusha area. Owing to heavy overnight rains, the boundary wall of the Army enclave collapsed,” Joint Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Piyush Mordia told news agency PTI.
“We reached the spot around 3 am. Nine bodies were pulled out from the debris and one person was rescued alive,” he said.
An order calling for schools to be shut was issued at 4 am this morning after a night of incessant rainfall. An orange category heavy rainfall alert has also been issued for several areas.
In view of the heavy rains, Lucknow district administration has issued an advisory asking people to beware of old dilapidated buildings.
“In view of this, all the people should take full precaution. Beware of old dilapidated buildings. Leave for outside when it is absolutely necessary. Avoid going to crowded and traffic jam areas. Stay away from open sewers, electric wires and poles,” news agency ANI reported.
Furthermore, the administration directed all government hospitals, primary and community health centres to be on high alert.
“Ensure arrangements for treatment of trauma management, snakebite, electric shock and water-borne diseases at hospitals. Officers and employees posted in emergency services should be present on duty. Arrangement of medicines and availability of patient vehicle should also be ensured,” said the district administration.
Lucknow received almost as much rain in one day that it sees in a whole month. The city has recorded 155.2 mm of rainfall in the last 24 hours, the Indian Meteorological Department said. According to the weather office, the average that Lucknow usually receives for the whole month of September is 211.5 mm.