Severe storms were likely to hit northern India on Monday, the weather office warned, a day after at least 66 people were killed as unusually powerful dust storms, torrential rain and lightning battered large parts of the country. The storm struck the national capital and nearby regions around 3 AM on May 16.
It also said parts of Rajasthan could experience dust storms and isolated areas of West Bengal, Bihar, Chhattisgarh and most of northeast India can also expect thunderstorms and strong winds. This comes after on May 13-14, a deadly thunderstorm claimed over 80 lives across five states in the country. However, Wednesday will see a maximum temperature of 40 degrees and the minimum of 25 degrees Celsius.
A number of trees uprooted due to storm and strong winds and power supply was also affected in many areas.
Federal officials said violent gales higher than 62 miles per hour hit areas in the north, south and east of the country, wrecking homes and uprooting trees, Agence France-Presse reports.
Rain lashed parts of Delhi early Wednesday morning.
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Earlier yesterday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) had issued a fresh warning for heavy rains and thunderstorm in the next two hours in the National Capital Region (NCR).
The India Meteorological Department has also predicted that Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh would witness thunderstorm accompanied by a squall in the next few days.
In Andhra Pradesh state in the south, at least 12 people were killed by lightning, said M.V. Sheshagiri Babu, the state's relief commissioner.
The weather department has also issued an alert for the north-east region, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh and said these areas may receive heavy rainfall in the next 72 hours.