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Scores killed by powerful storms in parts of India

Sheetal Sukhija - Tuesday 15th May, 2018

NEW DELHI, India - Several parts of India have been hit by extreme weather, sandstorms and thunderstorms, taking the death toll from the powerful storms to over 70 people.

Officials said on Monday that more people have died as parts of India continue to be hit by the extreme weather, confirming that 70 people have died and over 100 others have suffered injuries.

This week, a fresh wave of violent sandstorms and thunderstorms battered India, demolishing houses and bringing down trees and electricity lines.

India’s meteorological officials have said that winds reached almost 70mph on Sunday.

Meanwhile, transport officials in northern states in the country have said that trains have been cancelled and dozens of flights have been forced to divert from New Delhi's international airport as the storm blew into the city.

Meanwhile, in Uttar Pradesh state, authorities said that 38 people have been reported dead and at least two more were killed in New Delhi. 

Further, another 80 were injured by winds which flattened nearly 40 houses across India's most populous state.

About 14 people were killed by thunderstorms in West Bengal on Sunday, while 12 deaths by lightning strikes were reported in Andhra Pradesh.

Taking to Twitter, the country’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that he was "saddened by the loss of lives due to storms in some parts of the country.”

He wrote, “Saddened by the loss of lives due to storms in some parts of the country. Condolences to the bereaved families. I pray for the speedy recovery of those injured. Asked officials to provide all possible assistance to those affected.”

Over 90 people were reported dead in brutal dust storms in the country earlier this month.

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