Powerful storm kills at least 40 as it sweeps across India

На Индию обрушился мощный шторм есть жертвы

На Индию обрушился мощный шторм есть жертвы

Eight of them died when they slipped into the Ghaghra river as they lost their balance due to strong winds, officials said, adding that the local administration was probing the matter.

In the eastern state of West Bengal 14 people were killed Sunday after lightning struck a house in the state capital Kolkata, including four children as thunderstorms separately ravaged several localities. Metro and flight services were affected and the city witnessed multiple traffic jams.

In Andhra Pradesh state in the south, at least 12 people were killed by lightning, said MV Sheshagiri Babu, the state's relief commissioner. Officials told BBC Hindi that casualties could go up further.

Dozens of people have been killed in India in powerful storms sweeping across the country.

Kasganj was the worst affected district in UP, a state government official told PTI. Furthermore, around 65 people were injured, including 53 in Uttar Pradesh, 11 in Delhi and one in West Bengal.

Earlier this month, more than 90 people died in deadly dust storms.

Lightning bolts killed twelve people in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh, while two people died in both Bihar state and the Indian capital New Delhi.

Thunderstorms also occurred at isolated places in Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Assam, Meghalaya, Maharashtara, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) had said in its advisory on Sunday. Forecasts have warned of more fierce storms in parts of the north and east of the country over the next two days.

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