Over 30 Killed As Storm, Rain Hit UP, Andhra Pradesh, WB & Delhi-NCR


New Delhi: More than 30 people were killed on Sunday across the country as rain, thunderstorms hit various states throwing life out of gear. Deaths were reported from Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and Delhi-NCR.

At least 12 people were killed and over 15 injured in different districts of West Bengal after lightning struck them amid heavy rain today, an official of the state disaster management department said.

Five deaths were reported from Howrah district’s Uluberia sub-division, while there were two deaths each in Paschim Midnapore, North 24 Parganas and Nadia districts, and one in Murshidabad district, he said.

Nine people were struck dead by lightning and three injured in Srikakulam and Kadapa districts of Andhra Pradesh, official sources said.

While seven people were killed in Srikakulam district alone, two more were killed in Kadapa and three injured, they said. Lightning struck at different places in Srikakulam since afternoon even as rain, coupled with gales, lashed the district.

At least 11 people were killed and 28 people were injured after a thunderstorm hit the state on Sunday. Principal secretary (Information) Awanish Awasthi told PTI, “Four deaths have been reported from Kasganj, while two persons died in Bulandshahr. Apart from this, one death each has been reported from Kannauj, Aligarh, Sambhal, Ghaziabad and Noida.”

At least two people were killed and more than 18 injured in Delhi after a squall and dust storm with a wind speed of up to 109 kmph barrelled through Delhi and neighbouring areas today. The storm affected flight, rail and metro operations, uprooting trees, and leading to incidents of wall collapse.