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61 Killed Across India As Severe Storm Hits UP, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal And Delhi

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| May 14 , 2018 , 12:11 IST

At least 61 people were killed and 65 others injured on Sunday as thunderstorms struck various parts of India, with deaths being reported from Uttar Pradesh (39 dead), Andhra Pradesh (9 dead), West Bengal (12 dead) and Delhi-NCR (1 dead).

In Uttar Pradesh, a total of 39 deaths were reported, while 53 sustained injuries as hail and thunderstorm hit different parts of the state. From Kasganj 5 deaths have been reported, 3 deaths from Bulandshahr, 2 each from Ghaziabad and Saharanpur and 1 death each from Etawah, Aligarh, Kannauj, Hapur, Noida and Sambhal Principal Secretary (Information) Awanish Awasthi said.

"Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed all district magistrates and commissioners to provide immediate relief (to the affected people) and ensure that the injured are provided medical care immediately," Awasthi said.

In West Bengal, 12 people were killed and more than 15 injured after lightning and heavy rain on Sunday, with 5 deaths being reported from Howrah district, 2 deaths each in Paschim Midnapore, North 24 Parganas and Nadia districts, and one in Murshidabad district.

The deaths in Howrah district include 4 children between the ages of 8 and 12 years who had been in a field collecting mangoes when the thunderstorm and lightning struck.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that her government would provide assistance to the families of the deceased and to those whose houses and crops have been damaged.

"We do not have control over the nature. We will not be able to bring back those who have died, but our government will be beside these families and help them in every possible manner," she told a news channel.

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In Andhra Pradesh, 9 people were killed and 3 injured, out of which 7 people were killed in the Srikakulam district, and 2 more killed in the Kadapa district.

State deputy chief minister (Home) N China Rajappa, condoling the deaths of people in the storm has directed the respective district authorities to take necessary measures as per the warnings issued by the Disaster Management Department.

In Delhi, 2 people were killed and 18 injured as the dust storm hit the nation's capital, affecting flights, rail and metro operations and uprooting trees.