Uttar Pradesh, July 14: At least 10 people were killed and 28 were injured in a deadly thunderstorm which struck parts of Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday. Out of the 10 people, three died in Gonda, one in Faizabad and six in Sitapur.
The Meteorological Centre, Lucknow on Wednesday issued a warning saying that thunderstorm accompanied with squall, dust storm, rain and hailstone was very likely to occur over several areas in Uttar Pradesh. The regions to be affected were Gonda, Shravasti, Faizabad, Basti districts and adjoining areas. An advisory issued by the Meteorological Centre said that the wind speed as high as 50 km/h gusting over 75 km/h was also expected.
Earlier on June 8, twenty-six people were killed in dust storms and lightning that struck parts of Uttar Pradesh. “As many as 26 people were killed due to dust storms and lightning strikes in 11 districts of Uttar Pradesh,” a government spokesperson said. While five deaths each were reported from Jaunpur and Sultanpur, four died in Unnao, three each died in Chandauli and Bahraich, two in Rae Bareli and one each in Mirzapur, Sitapur, Amethi and Pratapgarh, he added. Kannauj district was also affected by a dust storm but no casualty was reported from there.
Thunderstorm in May
Dust storm claimed 124 lives and injured more than 300 people in five states, earlier in May. The maximum casualty was reported from Uttar Pradesh where dust storm had claimed 73 lives. A total of 35 people were killed in Rajasthan, while eight were killed in Telangana, two people were killed in Punjab and six people succumbed to death in Uttarakhand due to a thunderstorm.