Several people killed as storm, rain hit UP, AP, WB & Delhi-NCR

Several people killed as storm, rain hit UP, AP, WB & Delhi-NCR
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NEW DELHI, May 13: More than 30 people were killed on Sunday across the country as rain, thunderstorms hit various states throwing life out of gear. Deaths were reported from Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and Delhi-NCR.
At least 12 people were killed and over 15 injured in different districts of West Bengal after lightning struck them amid heavy rain today, an official of the state disaster management department said.
Five deaths were reported from Howrah district’s Uluberia sub-division, while there were two deaths each in Paschim Midnapore, North 24 Parganas and Nadia districts, and one in Murshidabad district, he said.
A person in Howrah district suffered serious injuries and was undergoing treatment at a local hospital, the official said.
According to Murshidabad district police, Shankar Mondal (50) was working at a field in Jalangi area of the district, when he was killed in a lightning strike.
In Howrah district, among the five dead, four children, aged between 8 and 12 years, were in a field collecting mangoes during a thunderstorm when lightning hit them in Bordanga under Uluberia police station, a police officer said.
9 dead in Andhra Pradesh
Nine people were struck dead by lightning and three injured in Srikakulam and Kadapa districts of Andhra Pradesh, official sources said.
While seven people were killed in Srikakulam district alone, two more were killed in Kadapa and three injured, they said.
Lightning struck at different places in Srikakulam since afternoon even as rain, coupled with gales, lashed the district.
Srikakulam district collector Dhananjay Reddy told PTI that the seven casualties were reported from different mandals in the district.
Rain was also reported from Visakhapatnam and East Godavari districts.
11 people killed as thunderstorm hits Uttar Pradesh
At least 11 people were killed and 28 people were injured after a thunderstorm hit the state on Sunday.
Principal secretary (Information) Awanish Awasthi told PTI, “Four deaths have been reported from Kasganj, while two persons died in Bulandshahr. Apart from this, one death each has been reported from Kannauj, Aligarh, Sambhal, Ghaziabad and Noida.”
2 dead, over 18 injured in Delhi; 70 flights diverted
At least two people were killed and more than 18 injured in Delhi after a squall and dust storm with a wind speed of up to 109 kmph barrelled through Delhi and neighbouring areas today.
The storm affected flight, rail and metro operations, uprooting trees, and leading to incidents of wall collapse.
The sky turned dark grey around 4:30 pm. Gusty winds and rain lashed the national capital, causing the temperature to drop around 10 notches to 25.2 degrees Celsius.
The strong winds knocked down 189 trees in the city. Four incidents of wall collapse were reported from Najafgarh, Transit Camp, Nehru Place, Mohan Garden in Uttam Nagar and Raj Nagar in Palam, said a senior officer of the Delhi Fire Service. (Agencies)