41 people killed in storms across India
NEW DELHI, May 14ः 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.
he storms hit the states Sunday evening wreaking havoc by uprooting trees and electricity poles. “In Uttar Pradesh 18 people were killed, 12 deaths were reported in West Bengal, nine people died in Andhra Pradesh, and two lives were lost in Delhi due to storms,” disaster management officials said.
According to Meteorological department officials, squall and dust storm with a wind speed of upto 109 kmph hit capital city and its outskirts. “The winds claimed two lives, besides injuring 19 people,” the state-run broadcaster All India Radio (AIR) said.The storms caused disruption in flight, rail and metro operations in the capital city, affecting commuters.
Reports quoting officials said about 70 flights were diverted from Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport and flight operations were put on hold due to storm. Likewise, Delhi Metro services were hampered in wake of the storm, following which thousands of commuters were stuck on the metro stations. The trains were slowed down as a precaution.Several areas in the city faced power outages as electricity lines snapped. Power companies maintenance teams have been restoring the electricity supply. Indian prime minister and president have expressed their sadness over the deaths caused due to storms.