In Uttar Pradesh alone, at least 39 people were died and 53 injured due to high velocity wind and storm. While at least 10 huts caught fire due to lightning in Sanota village in Bulandshahr, about 100 houses were gutted in a fire which broke out due to lightning in Sambhal district’s Rajpura area late Sunday night. Three fire tenders were pressed into service to douse the fire, according to official sources.
State Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath ordered government officials to rush to affected areas in Kannuj, Aligarh, Kasganj, Sanbhal, Bulandshahr, Auraiya, Ghaziabad, Greater Noida to expedite rescue and relief work. The Chief Minister assured all possible help to the people affected by storm in the state.
Strong wind, accompanied by dust, followed by rain, lashed bringing a sudden change in the weather.
Dust storms were reported in areas of East Delhi, Noida and Gurgaon. Around 40 people were killed in storm-related incidents in various parts of the country.
In Delhi, two persons died due to storm while 18 persons have been injured due to storm.. Flights and Metro services were too affected due to the storm.. More than 70 flights were diverted due to the thunderstorm from delhi airport, while another 20 domestic and international flights were delayed due to the bad weather.. However after sometimes, Delhi airport Runway reopened for Flight Movement. Many trees were uprooted in Delhi.
Dust storms also hit several others parts of the country. In Andhra Pradesh, eight persons died due to lightning and thunderstorm in Srikakulam district..
In West Bengal, at least ten people died in storm related incidents while, one person died after wall collapsed.
Earlier, the Met Department had predicted that Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh are likely to witness thunderstorm accompanied with squall, while parts of Rajasthan might see dust storm.
The weather office has also warned that thunderstorm and dust storm with wind speeds of up to 70 km per hour were “very likely” on May 14 in 26 districts of Uttar Pradesh.
President, PM Modi condole thunderstorms deaths
President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Naremdra Modi expressed grief over the loss of lives in weather related incidents. the President in a tweet said, “Sad to hear of loss of lives due to rain and thunderstorms in different parts of the country. Condolences to those bereaved. Thoughts with fellow citizens who have been affected, especially little children.”
PM Modi in his tweet message said that he was ‘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. PM also asked officials to provide all possible assistance to those affected.