Storm tragedy: At least 40 dead due to freak weather in India

Written by PTI | New Delhi | Updated: Jun 1 2014, 04:44am hrs
At least 40 people were killed in North and Eastern part of the country due to massive storm and lightning, while accompanying rains brought down mercury in most parts reeling under heat wave.

The national capital witnessed pleasant morning as minimum temperature was recorded at 25 degree Celsius, three notches below the normal level, a day after the massive thunder storm.

According to Meteorological department, the maximum temperature was 42.8 deg C, 2 notches above normal.

A massive thunder storm hit the national capital and several other states last evening and early this morning.

At least nine people were killed in Delhi and the NCR region in incidents of falling trees, collapse of walls and electrocution.

In Uttar Pradesh, at least 14 people were killed due to thunderstorm which hit several parts of the state last evening.

Light rains also lashed several parts of the state leading to a drop in day temperature today.

The highest temperature was 45.6 degree Celsius in Banda district.

In Jharkhand, seven persons were killed in a storm that raged across the state early this morning uprooting electricity poles and hundreds of trees.

The storm hit at around 4.30 AM and according to reports a large number of electricity poles and hundreds of trees were uprooted in in Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Hazaribagh, Latehar and some other districts.

While in West Bengal, 10 persons were killed and 28 others injured in lightning strike in three districts which experienced widespread pre-monsoon showers this morning, officials said.

While five people died in Murshidabad district, three persons were killed in Purulia district and two others died in Burdwan district.

The state experienced widespread rains ranging from 30 mm to 50 mm this morning, the weatherman said in Kolkata.

However, Punjab and Haryana had no any respite from heat wave. Hisar in Haryana was the hottest place in both states as its maximum was 44.1 deg C, Met department said here today.

Amritsar had a high of 42.4 deg C, two degrees above normal. Union Territory Chandigarh saw mercury settling at 43.7 deg C, up by five degrees above normal.