Thunderstorm kills 11 in UP, flights hit

На Индию обрушился мощный шторм есть жертвы

На Индию обрушился мощный шторм есть жертвы

Dust storm, hail and lightning have claimed as many as 23 lives in the last 12 hours in Uttar Pradesh, an official said on Monday.

Another two lost their lives in Delhi, where a strong dust storm accompanied by heavy rain and winds of up to 109 kmph uprooted almost 200 trees and brought traffic to a standstill.

Winds reached nearly 70mph on Sunday, blowing down trees and electricity lines and demolishing homes, meteorological officials said.

Dark storm clouds gathered over the capital, battering the city with high winds.

The Met department has forecast rain and thunderstorm with gusty wind towards the end of the day. Underground routes of the Metro were operational but at a reduced speed owing to the strong winds.

Earlier this month at least 124 people were killed and more than 300 others injured in five Indian states due to dust storms, thunderstorms and lightning. Eighteen people were killed in Uttar Pradesh alone, while 12 people including children were killed in West Bengal on Sunday.

Indira Gandhi International Airport was closed for more than two hours because of the winds.

The two deceased included a woman from Pandav Nagar and a youth from Jaitpur area, the lady reportedly died after a tree branch fell on her whereas a person in Jaitpur was hit by a cement sheet that fell on him.

"There is a circulation of a western disturbance in North West India".

More than 50 people were reportedly killed today across several states as rain, thunderstorms hit there throwing life out of gear.

As Delhi Metro services were badly affected due to technical snags, commuters had a horrowing experience even as radio taxis and online taxi services were not readily available as demands soared multiple times.

One person was killed each in Kannauj, Aligarh and Sambhal district, while four were killed in Kasganj and two in Bulandshahr.

Several people were killed as storms and rain ravaged north, east and south India on Sunday, uprooting electricity poles and trees, flattening houses besides disrupting rail, road and air traffic and power supplies.

In the evening, the state government had warned that hail thunderstorm, with winds speed of up to 70 km per hour, accompanied with squall and rain are very likely in parts of Badaun, Bareilly, Pilibhit, Lakhimpur, Shajhanpur, Sitpur, Hardoi, Lucknow, Barabanki, Raebareli, Sultanpur, Faizabad, Jaunpur, Azamgarh, Allahabad, Mirzapur, Sant Ravidas Nagar districts.

Its forecast said parts of Rajasthan might also see a dust storm.

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