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Another 12 killed in thunderstorms in UP

10 May 2018 | By Gogona Saikia
Death toll in thunderstorms continues to rise

The death toll in the intense thunderstorms in North India continues to rise. At least 12 more people were killed when fresh storms lashed Braj region of UP yesterday.

Some died upon coming into contact with electricity, others when poles or trees fell on them, and one when his tractor toppled due to high-speed winds.

The IMD has faced flak for inaccurate predictions recently.

In context: Death toll in thunderstorms continues to rise

10 May 2018Another 12 killed in thunderstorms in UP

Deaths-IFour deaths in Etawah, three in Mathura, two in Firozabad

According to officials, four deaths were recorded in Etawah, three in Mathura and two in Firozabad. One death each was recorded in Agra, Kanpur and Aligarh.

In Mathura's Mant, 55-year-old Shakuntala Singh died when she came in contact with a fallen electricity pole.

Sixty-year-old Mukhpyari of Mahawant was killed when an electric pole fell on her.

In Mohabbatpura of Hathras, a 15-year-old boy was fatally struck by lightning.

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Thunderstorms hit Aligarh, Hathras a day after IMD predictions

Deaths-IIThunderstorms hit Aligarh, Hathras a day after IMD predictions

In Om Nagar, Rajesh Joshi died as an electric pole collapsed. Ram Ratan of Agra's Nagla Natholi was killed after a collapsing tree broke his hut's roof.

In Khanjara Bans village, 38-year-old Bhagwati Singh (38) died when his tractor toppled due to speedy winds.

Braj was prepared for thunderstorms Tuesday, in accordance with predictions, but Aligarh and Hathras saw rain and winds only yesterday.

North IndiaOver 120 people killed last week in intense storms

Last week, at least 124 people were killed in intense dust storms and thunderstorms in North India, including Delhi, Rajasthan, UP and Haryana, as well as Jharkhand and Telangana.

The May 2 storms were the most lethal in six years, IMD said. Previously, the worst thunderstorm since 2013 took place in Bihar in April 2015, when 65 people died.

NDMA issues weather alert for five days