Around 45 people have been killed as rain, lightning and winds lashed various states yesterday, taking the death toll in the last two weeks to nearly 200. Two casualties were reported in Delhi, where flight and metro services were thrown out of gear. UP recorded 21 fatalities, 12 in WB, and nine in AP. The IMD says such weather conditions are likely to persist.
Casualties included a tourist from Maharashtra. Lightning triggered a fire in Sambalpur, gutting 100 houses. MP Hema Malini was briefly stranded while on her way to Naujheel when a tree fell and blocked the road. CM Adityanath has asked officials to ensure relief to the affected.
In Delhi, flight movement was suspended in the afternoon as an intense storm hit the city. Many were delayed or diverted to Amritsar, Jaipur, Lucknow, Jammu, Ahmedabad and Dehradun. As metro services were snapped, thousands of commuters got stranded, crowding stations. The MET department has predicted more thunderstorms, rains and dust storms over North and West India in the next 48-72 hours. Rajasthan might witness dust storms.
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