More than 60 killed as severe storms, lightning hit Delhi, UP, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh


More than 60 people were killed and many injured on Sunday across the country as severe storms, rain and lightning hit various states of the country. Deaths were reported from Delhi-NCR, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal.

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5 people were killed in Delhi NCR as a powerful dust storm swept through uprooting trees that fell on vehicles and caused traffic snarls.

38 people, including a tourist from Maharashtra, died in Uttar Pradesh while 50 others were injured due to inclement weather conditions.

According to the state government, the deaths were reported from Kasganj, Bulandshahr, Saharanpur , Ghaziabad, Kannauj, Aligarh, Hapur, Gautam Buddha Nagar and Sambhal.

“Thirty-eight people were killed and 50 injured in the dust storm that lashed various parts of Uttar Pradesh on May 13-14,” an official said.

In West Bengal, 12 deaths, including 4 children, were reported. 5 people died after being struck by lightning when they were at a mango orchard in Howrah district’s Uluberia. Nadia, North 24 Parganas and West Midnapore districts reported 2 deaths each, and one person died in Murshidabad.

In Andhra Pradesh, 9 people were struck dead by lightning and 3 injured in Srikakulam and Kadapa districts, while 7 were killed in Srikakulam district alone, 2 more were killed in Kadapa and 3 injured, official sources told TOI.

Prime Minister took to twitter to express his condolences, “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.”

Congress President Rahul Gandhi too expressed his condolences, “My condolences to the families of those killed in the severe storms and lightning strikes across India, yesterday. Many have also been injured. I urge Congress Party workers to provide all possible assistance to the families of those killed and injured.”

According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), thunderstorms also occurred at isolated places in Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Assam, Meghalaya, Maharashtara, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

The IMD predicted that the hill states of Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh are likely to get thunderstorms on Monday, while parts of Rajasthan might see a dust storm.


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