Friday, April 13, 2012

Hailstorm claims 14 lives in state, India

LUCKNOW: The thunderstorms and rains might have made climate pleasant in the state but they left a trail of death and destruction in some parts. While in Lucknow, cloudy sky and cool breeze kept temperatures below normal, as many as 14 people were killed and more than 200 injured due to severe dust and thunder/hail storms at different places in the state during the past 24 hours.

The worst affected was Jalaun where nine persons died during hailstorm which lashed the districts during wee hours. Five persons died in places adjoining Jalaun. The hailstorm and rains also damaged wheat crop at many places.

State Met director JP Gupta said that the change in weather has been due to an upper air cyclonic circulation over eastern UP. Earlier, the circulation was over West which shifted eastwards during the past 24 hours. The circulation, which was formed due to hot conditions last week, is responsible for the dust and thunderstorm at many places and hail at few places. Similar weather conditions would continue for next 24 hours. The change in weather conditions brought maximum temperatures by 1-5 degrees below normal across the state and minimum temperature was down by 1-3 degrees. Read More