Around 40 died as thunderstorm and Rain hits the country

More than 40 people were killed on Sunday across the country as rain, thunderstorms hit various states throwing life out of gear and leaving behind a trail of destruction. Deaths were reported from Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and Delhi-NCR.

At least two people were killed and more than 18 injured in Delhi after a squall and dust storm with a wind speed of up to 109 kph barrelled through Delhi and neighbouring areas on Sunday. The storm affected flight, rail and metro operations, uprooting trees, and leading to incidents of wall collapse.The strong winds knocked down 189 trees in the city. Four incidents of wall collapse were reported from Najafgarh, Transit Camp, Nehru Place, Mohan Garden in Uttam Nagar and Raj Nagar in Palam, said a senior officer of the Delhi Fire Service.

At least 18 people were killed and 28 injured in hail and thunderstorm that hit different parts of Uttar Pradesh, officials said.Five deaths have been reported from Kasganj, three from Bulandshahr and two each from Ghaziabad and Saharanpur. Apart from this, one death each has been reported from Etawah, Aligarh, Kannauj, Hapur, Noida and Sambhal, Principal Secretary (Information) Awanish Awasthi said. At least 28 people were injured and around 37 houses were damaged in the hail and thunderstorm, he Added.

At least 12 people were killed and over 15 injured in different districts of West Bengal after lightning struck them amid heavy rain on Sunday, an official of the state disaster management department said.

Nine people were struck dead by lightning and three injured in Srikakulam and Kadapa districts of Andhra Pradesh, official sources said. While seven people were killed in Srikakulam district alone, two more were killed in Kadapa and three injured, they said.

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