Thunderstorms Wreak Havoc Across India, Over 40 Dead

Dust and thunderstorm wreaked havoc across the nation on 13 May, killing at least 41 people.

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Dust and thunderstorm wreaked havoc in Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh and the national capital on Sunday, 13 May, killing at least 41 people and leaving behind a trail of destruction.

Uttar Pradesh bore the brunt of a thunderstorm and hail that left at least 18 people dead. As many as 12 people, including four children, were killed in West Bengal, while died in Andhra Pradesh and two in Delhi, officials said. Around a hundred houses caught fire due to lightning that struck Sambhal's Rajpura, reported ANI.

The India Meteorological Department has predicted thunderstorm accompanied by light rainfall for large parts of northern India over the next two-three days. There is prediction for heavy rainfall at isolated places over Odisha and dust storm in Rajasthan.


Six people lost their lives in Srikakulam, one person in Vizianagaram and one person in Kadapa district due to thunderstorm, the Andhra Pradesh State Disaster Management Authority told ANI.

The number of flight diversions at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport due to bad weather conditions increased to 70, ANI reported.

Nine Delhi-bound flights were forced to make emergency landing at Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport after the Air Traffic Control refused to grant them permission to land in Delhi due to bad weather conditions, ANI reported.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Sunday, 13 May, took to Twitter to condole the lives lost due to storm. He said he “prayed” for speedy recovery of the injured, adding that he has asked officials to provide all the possible assistance. Congress president Rahul Gandhi also tweeted, urging his party workers to provide assistance to the bereaved families.

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