UP dust storm toll mounts to 39; 50 injured

UP dust storm toll mounts to 39; 50 injured

As per information received from state governments, 39 people died in Uttar Pradesh, nine in Andhra Pradesh, four in West Bengal and one in Delhi due to lightning and thunderstorms during the intervening night of May 13 and 14, a ministry spokesperson said.

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.

In New Delhi, the police were seen clearing streets of debris and fallen trees.

Dozens of people have been killed in India in powerful storms sweeping across the country.

Indian authorities said Monday at least 86 people have been killed and over 100 injured in a fresh wave of violent sandstorms and thunderstorms that battered vast swathes of the country.

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Indira Gandhi International Airport was closed for more than two hours because of the winds, with 70 flights diverted.

Five people were killed in New Delhi and the surrounding region, largely due to falling trees, authorities said. UP was the worst affected, accounting for 80 deaths, a lot of them in Agra district in the western part of the state. Large parts of India have been struck by deadly storms in the past month.

There doesn't seem to be any respite in sight as Charan Singh, a scientist at IMD, told NDTV that "there is a circulation of a western disturbance in north-west India".

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.

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