New Delhi: At least 70 people have died and more than 100 have been injured after a fresh wave of violent sandstorms and thunderstorms battered India.
Trees and electricity lines have been blown over and homes have been demolished by the extreme weather that has seen huge quantities of dust and sand swirl in the air.
Trains have been cancelled and dozens of flights were diverted from New Delhi’s international airport as the storm blew into the city.
Authorities in Uttar Pradesh state say 38 people were killed there. At least two more were killed in New Delhi. Another 80 were injured by winds which flattened nearly 40 houses across India’s most populous state.
On Sunday, 14 people were killed by thunderstorms in West Bengal and 12 by lightning strikes in Andhra Pradesh.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a tweet that he was “saddened by the loss of lives due to storms in some parts of the country”.