Published: Mon, May 14, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

63 killed in India storms

63 killed in India storms

At least four persons were killed and more than 18 injured in Delhi after a squall and dust storm with a wind speed of up to 109 kmph tore through the Indian capital city and neighbouring areas.

Sunday night's storm affected flight operations for two hours and rail and metro operations for an hour in Delhi. Trains and commuter rail lines were paused and dozens of flights were diverted from New Delhi's global airport as the storm blew into the city.

Over 70 people were injured in these storms.

Similar storms hit the region every year but this year has been the deadliest.

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. At least 10 huts caught fire due to lightning in Sanota village in Bulandshahr. More details are awaited.

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Apart from Uttar Pradesh, India's state-run broadcaster All India Radio (AIR) said 12 deaths were reported in West Bengal, nine in Andhra Pradesh, three in Telangana and two in Delhi.

Thunderstorms had also hit isolated places in Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Assam, Meghalaya, Maharashtara, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu, the IMD stated.

President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Naremdra Modi expressed grief over the loss of lives in weather related incidents. the President in a tweet said, "Sad to hear of loss of lives due to rain and thunderstorms in different parts of the country. Thoughts with fellow citizens who have been affected, especially little children".

Deaths were also reported from other parts of the country. Condolences to the bereaved families. "Asked officials to provide all possible assistance to those affected".

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