Severe dust storm and lightning hit Uttar Pradesh, claiming another 26 lives

Severe dust storm and lightning hit Uttar Pradesh, claiming another 26 lives

A severe thunder and dust storm that hit the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh on June 8, 2018, killed 26 people. Meanwhile, an intense dust storm hit national capital, causing traffic chaos.

According to officials, dust storm and lightning killed 11 districts of the state, killing 5 each in Jaunpur and Sultanpur, 3 in Unnao, 3 each in Chandauli and Bahraich, 2 in Rae Bareli and one each in Mirzapur, Sitapur, Amethi and Pratapgarh.

Winds gusting up to 70 km/h (20 mph) hit Delhi on the same day, bringing some relief from the searing heat, but producing intense dust storm that ended up affecting both air, road and rail traffic.

The sky turned completely dark at 17:00 local time, about two hours earlier than usual.

Mumbai, the capital of Maharashtra and India's largest city with a population of 12.4 million, received heavy rain on June 9 as the Southwest Monsoon arrived, inundating low lying areas and disrupting traffic. Two people were killed in weather-related incidents.

Featured image: Dust storm over Delhi, India on June 8, 2018. Credit: Nishant Kaushik

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