Tuesday 14 August 2018

10 dead as storm in India damages homes

North India has been battered repeatedly by strong wind and heavy rain in recent weeks.

A man cleans his house in Sewla village following the storm (Pawan Sharma/AP)
A man cleans his house in Sewla village following the storm (Pawan Sharma/AP)

By Biswajeet Banerjee, Associated Press

At least 10 people were killed overnight as strong winds swept through north India, blowing down mud-walled homes and uprooting trees, officials have said.

Six died in Unnao district, 25 miles south of Lucknow – the capital of Uttar Pradesh state, said state spokesman Awanish Awasthi.

Four more people died elsewhere in the state. At least six people were injured.

The winds were blowing at nearly 50 mph, strong enough to blow down the walls of mud homes, or cause trees to collapse and destroy concrete houses.

The storm also blew down power lines, Mr Awasthi said.

North India has been battered repeatedly by strong wind and heavy rain in recent weeks, including one storm that killed 134 people and another that killed 43.

The weather often turns extreme in north India at this time of year, as the blistering summer heat prepares to give way to annual monsoon rains.

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