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33 Killed Due To Thunderstorm And Lighting In UP, Bihar And Jharkhand

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| May 29 , 2018 , 10:55 IST

At least 33 people have been killed as of Tuesday due to thunderstorm and lightning strikes across Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand on Monday, a little more than 2 weeks after dust storms caused devastation across northern India.

In the state of Uttar Pradesh, 9 people were killed and 6 others injured as lightning struck various places in the state on Monday, while in Bihar, a total of 12 people were killed due to thunderstorms. In Jharkhand, 12 people were killed and 28 others injured as heavy velocity winds and thunderstorms lashed different parts of the state, uprooting dozens of trees and electricity poles. 

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The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted that thunderstorm, rain and gusty winds will likely continue on Tuesday, especially in Uttar Pradesh's Barabanki, Gorakhpur, Kushinagar and Azamgarh districts and isolated areas over Bihar.

On May 13, a total of 61 people were killed and 65 others injured as dust storms 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 the wake of the massive death toll in Uttar Pradesh, state Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath blamed the weather department for not giving sufficient notice to the state ahead of the storms. The steep death toll also took place since the dust storms hit the affected areas overnight, giving sleeping locals no chance to escape.