Rain Storm North India death toll mounts to 53 across India

Leroy Wright
May 14, 2018

The India Meteorological Department has warned of more thunderstorms in north, north-east and parts of southern India for the next two days after Sunday's thunderstorm and dust storm left behind a trail of destruction in four states.

"As per the information received so far by the MHA, the state of Uttar Pradesh recorded the highest number of casualties - 51 people killed and over 123 others injured in the various districts of the state", Home Ministry officials said. Eight of them died when they slipped into the Ghaghra river as they lost their balance due to strong winds, officials said, adding that the local administration was probing the matter.

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.

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Indira Gandhi International Airport was closed for more than two hours because of the winds, with 70 flights diverted. Mr Kumar told BBC Hindi that more than 30 people had also been injured in Uttar Pradesh. More than a 100 people died in northern India on 4 May due to intense dust storms and heavy rains. UP was the worst affected, accounting for 80 deaths, a lot of them in Agra district in the western part of the state. Five people were killed in Bareilly and Barabanki districts of UP, while 13 animals died in the storms.

An uprooted tree from Sunday's sudden storm is seen falling next to a vehicle, in New Delhi, India, Monday, May 14, 2018.

Six people were killed in Kasganj, the worst affected district in the state, an Uttar Pradesh government official said.

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