More than 40 people have died in windy rain and lightning in five states of India on Sunday. Besides, more than one crore people have been affected. Several trees and walls collapsed in those states due to the torrential rain and the thunderstorm.
According to information provided by the country`s authorities, 18 people in Uttar Pradesh, 8 in Andhra Pradesh and 3 in Telangana have been killed. Besides, 9 in West Bengal and 5 more in Delhi have also died.
According to the Indian Meteorological Office, there is the forecast of storm and thunderstorms in northwest India within the next 48 to 72 hours.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote in a Twitter message, “Saddened by the loss of lives due to storms in some parts of the country. Condolences to the bereaved families. I pray for the speedy recovery of those injured.”
Meanwhile, Delhi`s Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport was closed for more than an hour due to the storm. An airport spokesman said that about 70 flights had to change their course. The Metro service in Delhi has also been interrupted. Schools and colleges of the inverted provinces have been announced closed.
The country`s authority has said that UP`s Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed district magistrates and commissioners to provide relief to the storm-affected people and adequate medical care to the injured.
Earlier, on last week, more than 134 people died and more than three hundred people were injured in the severe storm surge in north-west India.