Thunderstorms killed more than 80 People, in 6 Northern States

Vehicles move past a huge tree and an electric pole that fell on cars parked near a pavement on Minto Road after the duststorm hit New Delhi on Wednesday night. An injured autorickshaw driver sits in his partially-damaged vehicle

Four members of his family have also sustained minor injuries, police said.

A massive dust storm hit Delhi in the early hours on Wednesday, 16 May, as per a DNA report. The police received almost 60 calls related to uprooted trees, fallen electricity polls and wall collapses across the region. The India Meteorological Department has issued a fresh warning today, stating that thunderstorm with light rain is expected to hit over and adjoining areas of Jind, Rohtak, Panipat, Alwar, Bagpat, Meerut and Aligarh during the next two hours, that is between 9-11 am, news agency ANI reported.

Wednesday's storm comes days after the heavy winds and rain killed over 75 people across Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh and Delhi-NCR region. It had also said that parts of Rajasthan could experience dust storms, and isolated areas of West Bengal, Bihar, Chhattisgarh and most of Northeast India can also expect thunderstorms and strong winds. Meanwhile, on Tuesday, the IMD had predicted that the wind speeds could reach approximately 74 km per hour.

Thunderstorms killed more than 80 People, in 6 Northern States
Thunderstorms killed more than 80 People, in 6 Northern States

Thunderstorms, dust storms, rainfall during summers have been a normal phenomenon in northern India."But not of this severity". Almost two weeks ago, 134 people were killed while 400 others were injured after a massive dust and thunderstorm hit Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Telangana, Uttarakhand and Punjab.

According to figures from the Uttar Pradesh government, earlier at least 51 people were killed and 84 injured due to inclement weather across the state.

Power distribution company BSES Delhi said it had put its teams on high-alert and were trying to restore power disruptions in some areas.

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