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UP dust storm toll mounts to 39; 50 injured

14 May, 2018, 18:17 | Author: Lucille Rivera
  • На Индию обрушился мощный шторм есть жертвы

According to The Indian Express, the death toll could be as high as 75 after dust storms and thunderstorms swept through parts of West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and the Delhi National Capital Region on Sunday evening.

Hail, wind and thunderstorms brought down walls, trees and power pylons in Uttar Pradesh state, killing 48 people, T. P. Gupta of the state disaster management department told AFP. Officials told BBC Hindi that casualties could go up further.

Nine people were struck dead by lightning and three injured in Srikakulam and Kadapa districts of Andhra Pradesh, reports said.

Private forecaster SkyMet Weather too has predicted dust storms and thundershowers with strong gusty wind, hailstorm and lightning in various parts of Odisha, West Bengal and Bihar during the next 12 hours. "The danger is not yet over", Uttar Pradesh's relief commissioner Sanjay Kumar told BBC Hindi.

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Trees and electricity lines have been blown over and homes have been demolished by the extreme weather that has seen huge quantities of dust and sand swirl in the air. Air travel in Delhi was also affected, with around 70 flights being diverted from the city's worldwide airport on Sunday night.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a tweet that he was "saddened by the loss of lives due to storms in some parts of the country".

Thunderstorms and lightning on May 2-3 had killed 134 people and injured over 400 in Uttar Pradesh (UP), Rajasthan, Telangana, Utttarakhand and Punjab. They said 121 houses were damaged in various parts of the state in last night's storm that affected 25 districts.

Hail and rain storms killed more than 78 people in northern and western India at the beginning of this month.

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