Published: Mon, May 14, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Death toll rises to 38 in UP dust storm

Death toll rises to 38 in UP dust storm

At least 41 people were killed and many others injured across India after dust storms, thunderstorms and rain accompanied by gusty winds hit many states including Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh and the national capital New Delhi, officials said Monday. Railway officials said two uprooted trees blocked railway tracks at two places in Lucknow division.

The deaths were reported in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh.

The lady was rushed to the hospital where doctors declared her brought dead.

In Sarita Vihar area in southeast Delhi, a tin sheet blown off a rooftop by strong wind hit pedestrian Rohit, 22, injuring him seriously.

'This was necessitated due to falling of a tree on OHE wires between Okhla and Jasola stations due to the thunderstorm. Met predicted thunderstorms accompanied by light rain for northern India over the next two to three days.

Several parts of Delhi were hit by a sudden dust storm on Sunday evening which brought the city to a standstill. The humidity was recorded at 60 per cent at 8:30 am, a Meteorological (Met) department official said.

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Air travel in Delhi was also affected, with around 70 flights being diverted from the city's global airport on Sunday night.

As many as nine persons, including three farmers, died of lightning in the two Telugu states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana on Sunday.

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.

On May 2, powerful thunderstorms and dust storms caused over 140 deaths mostly concentrated in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, which was blamed on a confluence of factors: Easterly winds, unusually high temperatures and the effect of a western disturbance.

According to ANI, the storm disrupted an event at IP Extension that was being attended by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal when the winds blew off parts of the stage.

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