Over 50 people died due to thunderstorms and dust storm in four states. (PTI)
New Delhi: The weather office has warned of more thunderstorms in north, north-east and parts of south India for the next two days after Sunday's thunderstorm and dust storm left behind a trail of destruction in four states, killing 53 people and injuring many, according to the Union Home Ministry. Thirty nine people have died in Uttar Pradesh alone, while nine were killed in Andhra Pradesh on Sunday. The storm brought down walls, uprooted trees and snapped power connection in many regions. More than 70 incoming flights were diverted from Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport last evening. The violent weather affected train and metro services in Delhi and its suburbs.
Here are the top 10 updates on weather and thunderstorms in the country:
(With inputs from agencies)
- Nearly 100 houses were gutted in a fire which broke out due to lightning in UP's Sambhal. Nine people were killed in Andhra Pradesh.
- This morning, pictures showed a tree that had fallen on one of the vehicles of BJP lawmaker and actor Hema Malini's convoy in UP's Mathura. Over 120 storm-related deaths have been reported in the state in the last 12 days alone.
- Thunderstorm and dust storm with wind speeds of up to 70 km per hour are "very likely" today in 26 districts of UP, the Met department said. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is taking stock of the situation in the state and has asked officials to give compensation to the families of those who died within 24 hours, Relief Commissioner Sanjay Kumar said.
- In West Bengal, four people, including children, were killed and over 15 injured by lightning bolts and heavy rain yesterday.
- One person died in Delhi as a powerful dust storm swept through the capital and its suburbs, uprooting trees that fell on vehicles and caused traffic snarls. The Met office predicts light rain in the Delhi today.
- Delhi Metro services were hampered too. Thousands of commuters were stuck on the busy Blue Line, which links Dwarka in north-west Delhi to Noida and Vaishali in Uttar Pradesh, for almost 45 minutes. The trains were then slowed down as a precaution.
- "Saddened by the loss of lives due to storms in some parts of the country. Condolences to the bereaved families. I pray for the speedy recovery of those injured," Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted.
- The Met office said the storm was a result of western disturbances over Jammu and Kashmir and cyclonic circulation over Haryana. An east-west trough from Haryana to Nagaland and easterly winds from Bay of Bengal are raising wind speed.
- Sunday's devastation comes just over a week after 124 people died due to strong thunderstorms and gusty winds that swept across several states including Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.
- Last week, schools in Haryana, Delhi and Chandigarh were closed and extra precaution taken after the weather office predicted a huge storm across 13 states The storm, however, turned out to be far lower in intensity.
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