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71 dead in 5 states due to lightning, thunderstorms

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

As many as 71 people lost their lives in five states, including 42 in Uttar Pradesh, due to and thunderstorms since yesterday, the said today.

Among the dead, 42 were in Uttar Pradesh, 14 in West Bengal, 12 in Andhra Pradesh, two in and one in Uttarakhand, a ministry said.

Altogether 83 people were injured in Uttar Pradesh, 11 in and two in

A total of 24 districts in Uttar Pradesh, six in West Bengal, three in Andhra Pradesh, two in and one in were hit by the and thunderstorms, the said.

Dust storms and thunderstorms wreaked havoc since in Delhi and parts of Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, leaving behind a trail of destruction.

High-velocity winds uprooted trees and affected road, rail and last evening in several places in north India, including the national capital.

Thunderstorms also occurred at isolated places in Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Assam, Meghalaya, Maharashtara, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu, the Meteorological Department (IMD) had said

The devastation comes over 12 days after storms hit (UP), Rajasthan, Telangana, and Punjab, killing 134 people and injuring over 400. UP was the worst affected, accounting for 80 deaths, most of them in district in the western part of the state.

Subsequently on May 9, several parts of were struck by a severe that left 18 dead and 27 others injured.

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First Published: Mon, May 14 2018. 15:00 IST