Thunderstorm: Several Dead Across UP, Delhi

Sergio Conner
May 14, 2018

Lucknow, May 12 Thunderstorm and squall are likely to hit Uttar Pradesh in the next two days, the meteorological department has warned.

Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh are likely to witness thunderstorm, while parts of Rajasthan might see a dust Storm.

At least 18 people were killed and 28 injured in hail and thunderstorm that pummelled parts of Uttar Pradesh, officials said.

A similar unseasonal powerful dust storm and thundershowers a week ago left more than 120 people dead and another 200 injured in five Indian states.

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

One woman was killed and another man was seriously injured after a hoarding fell on them due to a heavy dust storm in Greater Noida.

UP was the worst affected, accounting for 80 deaths, majority in Agra district in the western part of the state. The dust storm interrupted a programme Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was to attend in east Delhi's IP Extension.

Five people were killed in Kasganj, three in Bulandshahr and two each in Ghaziabad and Saharanpur.

# 07:38 PM: 5 persons died due to lightning and thunderstorm in Andhra Pradesh's Srikakulam district, according to NDMA.

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In Faridabad, more than 100 trees and 40 electric poles were uprooted, and over 10 people were injured in the storm.

Yesterday, the maximum settled at a whopping 43.2 degrees Celsius at the Palam observatory with the minimums today being recorded at 28.8 degrees, both three degrees above the normal levels.

The strong winds knocked down almost 200 trees in the city.

According to a PTI report, the government said that all evening schools (a second shift which starts from the afternoon) will be shut on Tuesday.

The sudden change in weather began at around 4.30 pm and gusty winds swept the city.

The underground metros in Delhi were operational but at a reduced speed.

Currently, a Western Disturbance is over the Western Himalayan region.

No major disruption in power supply was reported by Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL), that supplies electricity in North and Northwest Delhi.

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