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80 dead, 136 injured in 5 states due to lightning strikes, thunderstorms

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

As many as 80 people have been killed in five states due to thunderstorms and strikes since yesterday, with alone recording 51 deaths, the said today.

Fourteen people died in West Bengal, 12 in Andhra Pradesh, two in and one in Uttarakhand, a ministry said.

Of the 136 people injured in strikes and thunderstorms, 123 were from Uttar Pradesh, 11 from and two from

strikes and thunderstorms hit 24 districts in Uttar Pradesh, six in West Bengal, three in Andhra Pradesh, two in and one in Uttarakhand, the said.

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

High-velocity winds uprooted trees and affected road, rail and last evening at a number of 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. 18:35 IST