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Unusually strong Indian weather kills at least 66; more storms on the way



NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Heavy storms would hit northern India on Monday, warned the Weather Bureau, a day after at least 66 people were killed when unusually strong dust storms, torrential rains and lightning destroyed large parts of the country […]

Storm uprooted trees , threw power poles, grounding flights and destroyed trains on Sunday evening through northern, eastern and southern states, including the capital, New Delhi.

Strong wind storms were "very likely" most parts of the northern state of Uttar Pradesh on Monday, India's most populous state, said the India Meteorological Department in its most recent forecast.

Storms are common at this time of year, the beginning of the rainy season in South Asia, but the severity of the weather this year and the human costs were unusual.

At least 34 people were killed and 47 injured as Uttar Pradesh storm swept Sunday and hundreds of people, Sanjay Kumar, ousted. Englisch: www.germnews.de/archive//news/archive/1996/01.html With the Reuters news agency Lucknow, the state capital, said the casualties could rise.

Five people were killed in New Delhi and the surrounding region, mainly because of falling trees.

At least 11 people, including five children, were killed in the eastern state of West Bengal, said S. Suresh Kumar, chief secretary of the National Civil Protection Department, while four people were killed in the eastern state of Odisha Prabhat Mohapatra, Deputy Special Representative for Humanitarian Aid

Im Andhra Pradesh in the south has been killed by lightning, said MV Sheshagiri Babu, the State Auxiliary Commissioner

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on a Twitter page that he had asked the authorities to provide the needy with "all kinds of help".

In New Delhi, police were seen clearing roads of debris over fallen trees

Hail and Rainstorm killed more than 78 people in North and West India at the beginning of this month

(report by Jatindra Dash and Mayank Bhardwaj, Editor: Robert Birsel)


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