Severe storms and heavy rain across India kill at least 57

Hugh Fox
May 14, 2018

"Saddened by the loss of lives due to storms", Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a tweet. More than 70 flights were diverted because of the thunderstorm from delhi airport, while another 20 domestic and global flights were delayed due to the bad weather.

At least 18 people were killed by hail and thunder storms that brought down walls, trees and power pylons in Uttar Pradesh state, emergency officials said. Worldwide flights from Kathmandu, Riyadh, Colombo, Jeddah, Kabul were delayed while flights from Tokyo, Newark and Colombo were diverted to other places, the sources told PTI, adding that some 10 global flights were diverted to Lucknow after the ATC at the IGI airport refused permission to land. "I pray for the speedy recovery of those injured". A number of trains were stranded, including the Kalka-New Delhi Shatabdi Express, which was held up at the Sonepat station. Several flights were cancelled, delayed or diverted, and airlines kept their passengers updated via text messages and their social media handles.

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Similar predictions have been made for Gangetic West Bengal, Jharkhand, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Telangana, Rayalaseema, south interior Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. This thunderstorm will continue for the next 48 to 72 hours'.

39 people died in Uttar Pradesh, 9 in Andhra Pradesh, 4 in West Bengal and one in Delhi due to lightning and thunderstorms during last night (May 13).

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There seems to be no end to the misery as the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued yet another warning for thunderstorm and squall in parts of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi-NCR, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Odisha.

The southern state had also been hit by more than 40 000 lightning bolts on May 1, killing 14 people in a matter of hours.

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