15 die in storms, lightning
New Delhi, May 22: The pleasant weather spell following rains continued today with mercury settling below normal levels in most parts of North India, including Delhi, even as dust storms and lightning claimed 15 lives in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana.
Light showers, overcast sky and cool winds made a perfect day for Delhiites as temperatures remained below normal for this time of the year.
In Uttar Pradesh, eight persons, including two minors, were killed and at least seven injured in incidents related to rains and dust storms in Ghaziabad and Barabanki districts, police said.
Five persons, including two teenagers and an elderly woman, were killed and 14 injured when lightning struck parts of Punjab, officials said. In neighbouring Haryana, two persons were killed and ten others injured in a high-velocity dust storm in village Tajipur in Mahendergarh district, they said.
Rains also lashed several parts of the two states. The maximum temperature dropped between 5-6 degrees below normal
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