Twenty-six people were killed in dust storms and lightning that struck parts of Uttar Pradesh yesterday, while two persons died today in rain-related incidents in Maharashtra.
A downpour battered Mumbai, causing disruptions in rail and air traffic, and a dust storm hit the national capital and its surrounding areas that had been reeling under the scorching heat for a few days.
There were reports of rains in Punjab, Haryana and some parts of Uttar Pradesh, which had been sweating it out in sweltering conditions.
As many as 26 people were killed due to dust storms and lightning strikes in Uttar Pradesh, a government spokesperson said today.
Dust storms and lightning hit places in 11 districts of the state last night resulting in the death of 26 people, he said.
While five deaths each were reported from Jaunpur and Sultanpur, four died in Unnao, three each died in Chandauli and Bahraich, two in Rae Bareli and one each in Mirzapur, Sitapur, Amethi and Pratapgarh, the spokesperson said.
Kannauj district was also affected by a dust storm but no casualty was reported from there, he said.
In Maharashtra's Thane district, fisherman Steni Admani (66) was struck by lightning at around 6 am. He died on the spot, said Shivaji Patil, chief of the District Disaster Control Cell.
Six others, who were out in the open at that time, were also injured due to the lightning strike and have been admitted to a local hospital.
A woman, who was riding pillion on a two-wheeler died after the vehicle rammed into a truck on the GB Road. An official said heavy rains apparently led to the accident.
Heavy rains pounded Mumbai, leading to a slight delay in the running of suburban trains.
The Indian Meteorological Department declared the onset of the monsoon over Mumbai, the adjoining Thane-Konkan areas, Ahmednagar, Parbhani and other parts of Maharashtra.
The weatherman predicted rains in Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Odisha, Jharkhand, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh tomorrow.