12 killed in Uttar Pradesh thunderstorm

8 Killed As Dust Thunderstorm Strikes Western Uttar Pradesh

The thunderstorm that hit parts of Uttar Pradesh Wednesday night has claimed 16 lives and left 27 others injured, an official said today.

The department has issued a forecast for May 10 to May 14, according to which light to heavy rain is expected in Tamil Nadu and Kerala along with thunderstorm in at least 13 states.

Another death was reported earlier in the evening from Hathras district, where a 15-year-old boy was struck by lightning while returning from the fields in Mohabbatpura village.

At least 11 people have died in a powerful storm in northern India, a week after another unseasonable storm caused deaths and destruction in the same region.

The dead included four in Etawah, three each in Mathura, Agra and Aligarh and one each in Kanpur, Hathras and Firozabad. The minimum temperature was recorded at 22.4 degrees Celsius, two notches below the season's average, whereas the maximum is expected to hover around 35 degrees Celsius. It also said a similar weather pattern is likely to be witnessed in West Bengal, and in six of the seven northeastern states, except Mizoram.

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The death toll in a dust storm that hit Uttar Pradesh has increased to 12, a government official said on Thursday.

District magistrate Chandra bhushan Singh here said that revenue officers were instructed to calculate the damage speedily so that help could be provided to affected persons.

Chief Minister Adityanath, who is campaigning for the Karnataka Assembly elections, has asked officials to ensure that relief was distributed immediately, reported The Times of India.

The India Meteorological Department has come under attack from various quarters for providing inaccurate predictions in recent months.

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