Storms kill 41 in Bihar, UP, J’khand

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 30 May 2018 08:39:56



THUNDERSTORMS struck at several places in Jharkhand, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, killing at least 41 people as hutments collapsed and trees fell, officials said on Tuesday. Thunderstorm and lightning claimed seven lives and injured five people in Lohardaga, Pakur and Chatra districts of Jharkhand since Sunday, police said on Tuesday.

Nineteen passed away in Bihar as high-velocity winds packing speeds of up to 70 km per hour swept across many areas on Monday night, followed by pre-monsoon showers, the weather office here said.
According to the disaster management department, 16 out of the 19 deaths in Bihar were reported in four districts situated south of the Ganges.

Adjoining districts of Gaya and Aurangabad reported the maximum number of five deaths each.
In Aurangabad, all the deaths were caused by lightning and the victims included two women. In Gaya, collapsed roofs and falling trees killed five people, including two women aged 70 and 45, a 13-year-old girl and a 15-year-old boy. Two girls and a boy were injured in Gaya, the department said.

Four people, including three children aged 8-14 years, died in Munger after being struck by lightning and one person was injured. Lightning claimed the lives of a 16-year-old girl and a 45-year-old man in Nawada district. Three deaths were reported from Katihar in North Bihar where an 11-year-old girl, a 45-year-old woman and a 70-year-old man were crushed to death under trees uprooted by the storm. Two women were injured.

In Uttar Pradesh, 15 people were killed and 10 injured, a senior official said on Tuesday.
District magistrates have been directed to ensure distribution of relief within 24 hours, UP Principal Secretary (Information) Awanish Awasthi said. Unnao DM Ravikumar said while two deaths were due to lightning, the others died in incidents of house collapse, uprooting of trees and electric poles.

THUNDERSTORM ALONG WITH GUSTY WINDS LIKELY TO OCCUR IN TELANGANA, AP IN NEXT 24 HRS: METEOROLOGICAL Department here on Tuesday warned that a thunderstorm accompanied with gusty winds are likely to occur at isolated places in Adilabad, Nirmal, Nizamabad, Mahbubnagar, Jagtial, Rajanna Siricilla, Komaram Bheem Asifabad, Karimnagar, Manchiryal and Peddapally of Telangana during the next 24 hours.