Heavy rainfall accompanied with thunderstorm and
lightning has killed more than 50 people across Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh,
Gujarat and Maharashtra.
The government has approved Rs. 2 lakh PM’s
National Relief Fund for the next of kin of those who lost their lives in the
unseasonal rain in different states.
In 1948, Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund
(PMNRF) was established with public contributions to assist displaced persons
At present, the resources of the PMNRF are utilized
primarily to render immediate relief to families of those killed in natural
calamities like floods, cyclones and earthquakes, etc. and to the victims of
the major accidents and riots. The fund consists entirely of public
contributions and does not get any budgetary support
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has
said that the unseasonal rainfall was caused by western disturbance. Western
disturbance (WD) is an extra-tropical storm which originates in the
Mediterranean region. It is a low pressure system that travels from the western
to the eastern direction. It brings unseasonal winter rain to the north and north-western
parts of the Indian subcontinent.