Destruction caused due to the thunderstorm. Photograph:( Zee News Network )
According to the Ministry of External Affairs, the death toll in several North Indian states due to thunderstorm and lightning has risen to 80.
The deaths were reported from the states of Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Delhi and Uttrakhand.
The devastation was caused by the high-velocity wind that struck parts of north India on the intervening night of May 13-14. The thunder had also disrupted road, rail and air services last evening.
The Ministry of External Affairs stated, "As per information received from UP, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Delhi & Uttarakhand 80 lives have been lost (UP-51, Andhra-12, WB-14, Delhi-2, Uttarakhand-1) due to lightning/thunderstorm during intervening night of 13-14 May, 136 people were injured"
The devastation had come 12 days after storms hit Uttar Pradesh (UP), Rajasthan, Telangana, Uttarakhand and Punjab, killing 134 people and injuring over 400.