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Lightning kills 43 in India’s Uttar Pradesh, Bihar

05 Jul 2020 13:19, Somoy English Desk
Lightning kills 43 in India’s Uttar Pradesh, Bihar
Lightning kills 43 in India’s Uttar Pradesh, Bihar

At least 43 people were killed after being struck by lightning in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar of India as rains and thunderstorm took place in several parts of the country on Saturday, officials said.

Instances of wall collapse, uprooting of trees and waterlogging were reported in Maharashtra as heavy rains lashed large parts of the western state, including Mumbai, for the second day on Saturday. However, there were no casualties.

North India witnessed predominantly sultry weather, with Punjab and Haryana recording above-normal day temperatures, reports the Business Standard.

In the national capital, the mercury oscillated between 37 and 40 degrees Celsius in most parts of the city.

Light rains and cloudy skies over the next three-four days are expected to keep the mercury in check in the national capital, Meteorological department officials said.

Rainfall was recorded at isolated places in Uttar Pradesh, where at least 23 people were killed and 29 others injured after being struck by lightning.

In Bihar, 20 people were killed after being struck by lightning in five districts on Saturday, officials said.

Mumbai suburbs and neighbouring Thane have received more than 100 mm rainfall since Saturday morning, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

Interior Maharashtra also received fairly widespread rainfall, it said.

The Colaba weather station in south Mumbai recorded 66 mm rainfall between 8.30 am and 5.30 pm, while the Santacruz station recorded 111.4 mm rainfall, according to the IMD.

The Thane-Belapur Industry Association area reported 116 mm rain during this period, it said.

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