Dust storms and thunderstorms wreaked havoc since yesterday in Delhi and parts of Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, leaving behind a trail of destruction.
High-velocity winds uprooted trees and affected road, rail and air services last evening in several places in north India, including the national capital.
At least 42 people were killed and 84 injured in hail and thunderstorm that hit different parts of Uttar Pradesh.
Lakhimpur Kheri saw the maximum damage with 84 houses and buildings collapsing partly or completely in the storm, followed by Sambhal where 31 buildings were damaged. A total of 121 houses were reported damaged in the storm.
Government sources revealed that the most loss of lives took place in Bareilly where eight persons died. Kasganj reported six deaths while Barabanki reported five deaths. The deaths were caused by falling trees, collapsing walls etc. In one case, a hoarding collapsed in Gautambudh Nagar, killing one while in another case, two sustained serious injuries after they were struck by lightning in Hapur.
Thunderstorms also occurred at isolated places in Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Assam, Meghalaya, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) had said yesterday.
The devastation comes over 12 days after storms hit Uttar Pradesh (UP), Rajasthan, Telangana, Uttarakhand and Punjab, killing 134 people and injuring over 400. UP was the worst affected, accounting for 80 deaths, most of them in Agra district in the western part of the state.