Over 50 killed in India due to lightning and thunderstorms

Thunderstorm and squall likely in north Indian hill states from Sunday predicts IMD

Over 50 killed in India due to lightning and thunderstorms

The fury of the nature came 10 days after it had hit UP, Rajasthan, Telangana, Uttarakhand and Punjab, killing 134 people and injuring over 400.

The Delhi-NCR region and Uttar Pradesh saw quite some disruption with the metro trains being temporarily terminated and airport runways being shut down due to the severe weather conditions.

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

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Thirty eight people were killed and 50 injured in the thunderstorm that hit different parts of northern state of Uttar Pradesh, our New Delhi correspondent reports quoting Principal Secretary (Information) Awanish Awasthi adding 117 mud-built houses were flattened by the storm that was packed with a wind speed of 70km per hour.

At least 38 people were killed in sprawling Uttar Pradesh state, which has a population of more than 210 million people, said government spokesman Avnish Awasthi.

Reports pouring in from Uttar Pradesh said almost 100 houses were gutted in a fire which broke out due to lightning in Sambhal. Three fire tenders have been pressed into service to douse the fire, according to official sources. More details are awaited.

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Dust storms and thunderstorms had wreaked havoc in Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh and the national capital, leaving behind a trail of destruction.

In a tweet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said: "Saddened by the loss of lives due to storms in some parts of the country".

Thunderstorms had also hit isolated places in Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Assam, Meghalaya, Maharashtara, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu, the IMD stated. "Thoughts with fellow citizens who have been affected, especially little children". Two deaths were also reported in Delhi. "I pray for the speedy recovery of those injured".

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