Tuesday 13 November 2018

Fierce dust storms and thunderstorms kill dozens of people in India

TOPSHOT - Indian children swim in a pond during a dust storm in New Delhi on May 2, 2018. Dust storms tore across northern India killing at least 77 people and injuring 143 as trees and walls were flattened by powerful winds, officials said May 3. / AFP PHOTO / CHANDAN KHANNACHANDAN KHANNA/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOT - Indian children swim in a pond during a dust storm in New Delhi on May 2, 2018. Dust storms tore across northern India killing at least 77 people and injuring 143 as trees and walls were flattened by powerful winds, officials said May 3. / AFP PHOTO / CHANDAN KHANNACHANDAN KHANNA/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOT - This photo taken on May 2, 2018 shows people walking under heavy rainfall in the northern hill town of Shimla in Himachal Pradesh state. / AFP PHOTO / --/AFP/Getty Images
This photo taken on May 2, 2018 shows Indian residents (lower R) looking out from their home next to a fallen electricity line following a major storm in Agra in northern India's Uttar Pradesh state. / AFP PHOTO / --/AFP/Getty Images
A man is carried from the debris of his damaged home following a major dust storm in Etmadpur, in Agra district in northern India's Uttar Pradesh state, on May 3, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / --/AFP/Getty Images
Indian residents look at a wall damaged by high winds during a major dust storm in Agra district in northern India's Uttar Pradesh state on May 3, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / --/AFP/Getty Images
This photo taken on May 2, 2018 shows a fallen tree hit by high winds during a major storm in Agra in northern India's Uttar Pradesh state. / AFP PHOTO / --/AFP/Getty Images
This photo taken on May 2, 2018 shows an Indian traffic policeman covering his face as he stands on duty during a dust storm in New Delhi. / AFP PHOTO / CHANDAN KHANNACHANDAN KHANNA/AFP/Getty Images
An Indian woman holds her daughter as she crosses the road during a dust storm in New Delhi on May 2, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / CHANDAN KHANNACHANDAN KHANNA/AFP/Getty Images
Indian children swim in a pond during a dust storm in New Delhi on May 2, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / CHANDAN KHANNACHANDAN KHANNA/AFP/Getty Images
This photo taken on May 2, 2018 shows an Indian man covering as he cycles during a dust storm in New Delhi. Dust storms that tore across northern India killed at least 77 people and left 143 injured as trees and walls were brought down by powerful winds, officials said May 3. / AFP PHOTO / CHANDAN KHANNACHANDAN KHANNA/AFP/Getty Images
An Indian man covers himself with a towel during a dust storm in New Delhi on May 2, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / CHANDAN KHANNACHANDAN KHANNA/AFP/Getty Images
An Indian woman reacts during a dust storm in New Delhi on May 2, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / CHANDAN KHANNACHANDAN KHANNA/AFP/Getty Images
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Dozens of people have been killed after a powerful rainstorm caused a house to collapse and toppled trees in northern and western India.

The storms on Wednesday disrupted electricity, uprooted trees, destroyed houses and killed livestock in the northern states of Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.

TOPSHOT - This photo taken on May 2, 2018 shows people walking under heavy rainfall in the northern hill town of Shimla in Himachal Pradesh state.
/ AFP PHOTO / --/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOT - This photo taken on May 2, 2018 shows people walking under heavy rainfall in the northern hill town of Shimla in Himachal Pradesh state. / AFP PHOTO / --/AFP/Getty Images

Last week, a nine-year-old girl and her grandmother were among nine people killed during days of lightning strikes in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.

The freak storms, which saw 36,749 strikes in just 13 hours, injured dozens of people including a group of 10 agricultural labourers working in a single field.

This photo taken on May 2, 2018 shows Indian residents (lower R) looking out from their home next to a fallen electricity line following a major storm in Agra in northern India's Uttar Pradesh state.
/ AFP PHOTO / --/AFP/Getty Images
This photo taken on May 2, 2018 shows Indian residents (lower R) looking out from their home next to a fallen electricity line following a major storm in Agra in northern India's Uttar Pradesh state. / AFP PHOTO / --/AFP/Getty Images

Extreme weather patterns have been blamed for the conditions.

Fatal lightning is not uncommon in India during the monsoon season, which runs from June to October. More than 2,000 people have been killed nationwide by strikes every year since 2005 according to the National Crime Records Bureau.

Indian residents look at a wall damaged by high winds during a major dust storm in Agra district in northern India's Uttar Pradesh state on May 3, 2018.
/ AFP PHOTO / --/AFP/Getty Images
Indian residents look at a wall damaged by high winds during a major dust storm in Agra district in northern India's Uttar Pradesh state on May 3, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / --/AFP/Getty Images
This photo taken on May 2, 2018 shows an Indian traffic policeman covering his face as he stands on duty during a dust storm in New Delhi.
/ AFP PHOTO / CHANDAN KHANNACHANDAN KHANNA/AFP/Getty Images
This photo taken on May 2, 2018 shows an Indian traffic policeman covering his face as he stands on duty during a dust storm in New Delhi. / AFP PHOTO / CHANDAN KHANNACHANDAN KHANNA/AFP/Getty Images
This photo taken on May 2, 2018 shows an Indian man covering as he cycles during a dust storm in New Delhi.
Dust storms that tore across northern India killed at least 77 people and left 143 injured as trees and walls were brought down by powerful winds, officials said May 3. / AFP PHOTO / CHANDAN KHANNACHANDAN KHANNA/AFP/Getty Images
This photo taken on May 2, 2018 shows an Indian man covering as he cycles during a dust storm in New Delhi. Dust storms that tore across northern India killed at least 77 people and left 143 injured as trees and walls were brought down by powerful winds, officials said May 3. / AFP PHOTO / CHANDAN KHANNACHANDAN KHANNA/AFP/Getty Images

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