High Velocity Dust Storm Claims Over 50 Lives Across India


New Delhi: High-velocity dust storm wreaked havoc on Sunday in Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh and Delhi-NCR, claiming over 50 lives and leaving behind a trail of destruction across north India.

At several places in north India including Delhi, high-velocity winds uprooted trees electricity polls and affected traffic, metro, rail and air services.

Uttar Pradesh bore the brunt of the hailstorm which left at least 39 people dead, while 12 people including four children were killed in West Bengal, nine in Andhra Pradesh, and two in Delhi.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday took to micro-blogging site Twitter and expressed his grief over the same. Condoling the deaths, Congress President Rahul Gandhi in a tweet asked party workers to provide all assistance to the bereaved families.

The thunderstorms also lashed different parts of Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Assam, Meghalaya, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu on Sunday.

The life-threatening dust storm with a wind speed of 109 km per hour claimed 3 lives in Delhi and threw the flight, rail and metro operations out of gear.

In West Bengal, at least 12 people, including four children, were killed and over 15 injured in lightning strike amid heavy rain, according to the state disaster management department.

Five deaths were reported from Howrah district, while two deaths each from West Midnapore, North 24-Parganas and Nadia districts and one from Murshidabad district.