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Thunderstorm warning for 13 states, heavy rains likely in northeast

India Today logo India Today 04-06-2018

The Meteorological department has issued a thunderstorm warning for large parts of the country that will remain effective for the next two days.

The weather warning released on Monday morning said thunderstorm, accompanied with gusty winds, and lightning are very likely to be witnessed in isolated places in West Bengal, Odisha, Jharkhand, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Telangana and coastal Andhra Pradesh.

In Uttar Pradesh, thunderstorm and dust storm are very likely to occur at isolated places in 13 districts, the MeT department said.

The districts that are likely to be hit include: Banda, Chitrakoot, Fatehpur, Hardoi, Shahjahanpur, Pilibhit, Bareilly, Rampur, Moradabad, Meerut, Bijnore, Muzaffarnagar and Saharanpur.

Besides this, the Met department has said that heavy rains are very likely in part of Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, coastal Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Andaman and Nicobar.

This year, thunderstorms and dust storms have claimed hundreds of lives and damaged property worth crores across northern India. States like Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar have been the worst hit.

The latest bout of deadly dust storm over the weekend claimed 17 lives and left 11 persons injured. Most of the deaths were caused due to falling of trees and house collapse, a UP government spokesperson said.

Moradabad bore the maximum brunt of the storm, with as many as seven deaths reported from the district, followed by three deaths from Sambhal.

Dust storms have become a regular phenomenon in the state and over 130 people were killed last month.

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