Powerful storms kill at least 40 across northern India

Charlene Craig
May 14, 2018

The latest spell of thunderstorms, rains and lightning came almost two weeks after 134 people killed and over 400 injured in UP, Rajasthan, Telangana, Utttarakhand and Punjab states on May 2-3. Worldwide flights from Kathmandu, Riyadh, Colombo, Jeddah, Kabul were delayed while flights from Tokyo, Newark and Colombo were diverted to other places, the sources told PTI, adding that some 10 global flights were diverted to Lucknow after the ATC at the IGI airport refused permission to land.

The Delhi police received 189 phone calls reporting fallen trees.

The dust storm which played havoc in Sunday in Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh and Delhi have atleast killed 53 people in the country.

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At least 41 people were killed after dust and thunderstorms swept through parts of West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Delhi-NCR on Sunday evening.

18 people were reportedly killed in Uttar Pradesh. While, at least 10 huts caught fire due to lightning in Sanota village in Bulandshahr.

Reports pouring in from Uttar Pradesh said almost 100 houses were gutted in a fire which broke out due to lightning in Sambhal. No reports of causalities or injuries have been reported so far. The Chief Minister assured all possible help to the people affected by storm in the state.

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Thunderstorm and dust storm with winds speeds of up to 70 km per hour are "very likely" on Monday in districts of Uttar Pradesh and across parts of northern India, the weather office warned.

The hill states of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand in the north and Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, and Tripura in the northeast are also likely to receive rainfall and thunderstorm. Condolences to those bereaved.

PM Modi in his tweet message said that he was 'Saddened by the loss of lives due to storms in some parts of the country. "I pray for the speedy recovery of those injured".

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