Thunderstorms and dust storms hits many parts of the country on Sunday evening thus claiming 60 lives in all from mainly 4 states including Uttar Pradesh, Bengal, Andhra Pradesh and Delhi. Major portion of the loss occurred in Uttar Pradesh where 38 people were killed while in West Bengal, 12 people lost their lives. However, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has released an advisory for the next 48 hours for the thunderstorm alert.
The thunderstorm causes every possible damage including uprooted trees which falls on both two-wheelers and four-wheelers standing under them, snapped power connection and more than 70 incoming flights were diverted their usual routes from Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport.
In UP’s sambhal, 100 houses were lit to fire due to the lighting yesterday and the wind speeds up to 70 Km per hour are likely to occurs today also in 26 districts of Uttar Pradesh according to the Met Department.
In West Bengal, 12 people were killed including four children and 15 injured due to lightning bolts. Delhi Metro services were halted due to strong dust storms as thousands of passengers on the busy Blue line were struck for the 45 minutes almost.
PM Modi tweeted regarding the loss of the lives by the thunderstorm and said, “Saddened by the loss of lives due to storms in some parts of the country. Condolences to the bereaved families. I pray for the speedy recovery of those injured”.
The dust storm followed by the thunderstorm is likely due to the western disturbance over Jammu and Kashmir and cyclonic circulation over Haryana added by the easterly winds from Bay of Bengal which raised the wind speed.
The devastation comes immediately after the dust storm occurred 10 days before majorly hitting many parts of UP, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Punjab and Telangana and killing more than 90 people including 260 injured among which UP state was the worst hit area followed by the Rajasthan and Agra.