At Least 75 lives have been lost and more than hundreds injured in six states due to deadly thunderstorms and dust storms across the states. As per reports, another bout of such storms likely to hit parts of north-west india over the next 48 to 72 hours, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has warned.
The alert also said thunderstorm with winds speeds of up to 70 km per hour are “very likely” today in 26 districts of Uttar Pradesh. It said the districts that could be affected are Bahraich, Shrawasti, Balrampur, Gonda, Siddharth Nagar, Maharajganj, Kushinagar, Gorakhpur, Sant Kabir Nagar, Basti, Faizabad, Sultanpur, Azamgargh and Ambedkar Nagar.
The meteorological office also forecasts rain in isolated parts of east Uttar Pradesh and said the weather is most likely to remain dry in west UP.
According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the next two days will see light rain and thunderstorms in Delhi, though not as strong.
“There is a circulation of a western disturbance in northwest India. We had forecast that the weather will be adverse for two-three days. This thunderstorm will continue for the next 48-72 hours,” said Charan Singh, Scientist, IMD, on the weather change in Delhi.
Dust storm, hail and lightning have claimed as many as 75 lives in Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and Delhi. 51 people were killed in Uttar Pradesh on the intervening night of May 13-14 due to lightening and thunderstorm while in Andhra Pradesh nine lives were lost.