Thunderstorms, lightning wreak havoc in 5 states, kill 71

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New Delhi: A palm tree trunk fell on cars during dust storm in New Delhi.

New Delhi: A palm tree trunk fell on cars during dust storm in New Delhi. (PTI Photo)

As many as 71 people were killed, including 42 in Uttar Pradesh, due to lightning and thunderstorms in five states since Sunday night, the Home Ministry said on Monday.

Among the dead, 42 were in Uttar Pradesh, 14 in West Bengal, 12 in Andhra Pradesh, two in Delhi and one in Uttarakhand, a ministry spokesperson said.

Altogether 83 people were injured in Uttar Pradesh, 11 in Delhi and two in Uttarakhand.

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

New Delhi: A billboard fell on a car on Vihar marg during strom in New Delhi

New Delhi: A billboard fell on a car on Vihar marg during strom in New Delhi (PTI Photo)

High-velocity winds uprooted trees and affected road, rail and air services last evening in several places in north India, including Delhi.

Thunderstorms also occurred at isolated places in Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Assam, Meghalaya, Maharashtara, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) had said yesterday.

The devastation comes over 12 days after storms hit Uttar Pradesh (UP), Rajasthan, Telangana, Uttarakhand and Punjab, killing 134 people and injuring over 400. UP was the worst affected, accounting for 80 deaths, most of them in Agra district in the western part of the state.

Subsequently on May 9, several parts of Uttar Pradesh were struck by a severe storm that left 18 dead and 27 others injured.

(PTI)