New Delhi/Kolkata/Hyderabad: Thunderstorm and unseasonal rains have taken the lives of at least 12 people in West Bengal and 09 in Andhra Pradesh, whereas Delhi-NCR, Haryana and Punjab have been lashed by sudden dust storm on Sunday killing at least 02 people in Delhi.
One of the deceased, a woman residing in Delhi's Pandav Nagar area died when a tree fell on her during the storm. In another accident, a 19-year-old man died after several bricks fell on him in southeast Delhi's Jaitpur area. Rohit was injured and admitted to Apollo Hospital, where he died, police said.
At least 12 people, including four children, were killed and over 15 injured in different districts of West Bengal, after lightning struck them amid heavy rains today, PTI reported citing an official of the state disaster management department.
Five deaths were reported from Howrah district's Uluberia sub-division, while there were two deaths each in Paschim Midnapore, North 24 Parganas and Nadia districts, and one in Murshidabad district, he said.
A person in Howrah district suffered serious injuries and was undergoing treatment at a local hospital, the official said.
According to Murshidabad district police, Shankar Mondal (50) was working at a field in Jalangi area of the district, when he was killed in a lightning strike.
In Howrah district, among the five dead, four children, aged between 8 and 12 years, were in a field collecting mangoes during a thunderstorm when lightning hit them in Bordanga under Uluberia police station, a police officer said.
"The boys were taken to a local hospital where they were declared brought dead", he said.
On the other hand, nine people have died due to lightning in Andhra Pradesh on Sunday. Andhra and the neighboring Telangana have been experiencing thunderstorm and unseasonal rains in the past few days. Among the nine killed in Andhra, seven are from Srikakulam district whereas two more were killed in Kadapa and three injured.
Sudden dust storm and rain also hit several parts of Punjab and Haryana, including Faridabad and Gurgaon on Sunday pushing temperatures down by a few notches.
According to ANI, the storm disrupted an event at IP Extension that was being attended by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal when the winds blew off parts of the stage.
Flight operations at Delhi's IGI Airport were put on hold for several hours while operations resumed only after 7.30pm. DIAL said that over 70 flights have been diverted so far as no aircraft were allowed to land in Delhi for hours.
The operations of almost all the airlines -- domestic and international -- were affected as the runway had to be closed down and the flight services suspended for a while. Nine Delhi-bound flights were forced to make emergency landing at Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport after the Air Traffic Control refused them permission to land at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport due to bad weather conditions, ANI reported.
The latest natural disaster comes ten days after more than 100 people were killed in thunderstorm that hit Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and other adjoining areas on May 03.
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