40 people killed in storms across India, alert issued for many parts of the country

About 40 people were killed across India on Sunday after thunderstorms and rain lashed north, east and south India.

Violent dust storms, followed by rain and lightning brought down walls and uprooted trees. Eighteen people were killed in Uttar Pradesh. Eight died in Andhra Pradesh, and three in Telangana.

Flight operations in Delhi's Indira Gandhi International or IGI Airport were put on hold for over an hour on Sunday due to the dust storm. Seventy flights were diverted from Delhi and over 24 flights were delayed.

Nine people were also killed in West Bengal and five in Delhi NCR. Weather officials say that thunderstorms are expected across north-west India over the next 48 to 72 hours. This is because many weather conditions, including western disturbances, are coming together.

Weather officials have predicted thunderstorms with light rains for a huge part of northern India over the next two to three days.

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