Monday, May 14, 2018

Thunderstorm kills 11 in UP, flights hit

Lucknow: Rain and thunderstorm wreaked havoc in western Uttar Pradesh on Sunday night, claiming 11 lives and leaving 28 injured.
Bad weather also threw rail, road and air traffic out of gear. State MeT department predicted more thunderstorms in several districts in east UP on Monday. There were incidents of wall collapse and accidents after rains and gusty winds at 50km per hour swept western districts, claiming one life each in Kannuj, Aligarh, Ghaziabad, Gautambudhnagar and Sambhal, four in Kasganj and two in Bulandshar. At least 13 people were injured in Sambhal, three in Bulandshahr and 12 in Auriya, said state government spokesperson. Air traffic at Amausi airport was also affected due to the storm. As many as nine Delhi-bound flights were diverted to Lucknow.
High velocity winds sweeping Delhi and many parts of west and central UP, including Lucknow, also delayed arrival and departure of 26 trains at Charbagh station. Railway officials said two uprooted trees blocked railway tracks at two places in Lucknow division. Road traffic was hit for several hours. Chief minister has directed officials to provide relief to families of deceased and treatment to those injured.
14/05/18 Times of India