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Heavy Storms Leave 90 Dead in Northern India

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7Dnews London - AFP

Tue, 15 May 2018 16:02 GMT

At least 90 people have been killed in India as powerful storms continue to sweep across the country.

On Sunday May 13th, 14 people were killed by thunderstorms in West Bengal and 12 by lightning strikes in Andhra Pradesh.

Electricity lines, trees, and homes have been destroyed after dust storms hit northern India during the last 10 days. Wind reached 70 mph (110 kph) according to meteorological officials. Trains were delayed or cancelled, commuter railway lines were closed and dozens of flights were diverted from New Delhi's international airport as the storm blew into the city.

The disaster occurred 12 days after storms hit Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Telangana, Uttarakhand, and Punjab, killing 134 people and injuring over 400.

Most of the recent deaths occurred when wind and falling trees caused buildings to collapse, leaving people dead under the wreckage. In the town of Bareilly, the minaret of a mosque fell on a group of people taking shelter in the courtyard, killing eight people. In another town, one man was killed when he was hit by a billboard that had blown loose.

Storms are expected to reach the southern regions of India as the wind keeps changing direction. Meanwhile, officials are warning people to exercise great caution in order to stay safe and avoid the danger of falling objects.


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