16 killed, 100 injured as storm hits northwestern India, 80% crop loss

– April 12, 2018

At least 16 people were killed in unprecedented storms and rainfall in the state of Rajasthan, India on April 11, 2018. Five people were killed in Bharatpur district and 11, including five children, in Dholpur district. At least 100 people got injured. Local farmers are reporting 80% crop loss.

Heavy rain lashed northwestern India and isolated places, as storms with wind speed exceeding 100 km/h (62 mp/h) created havoc in the region. Rain and thunderstorms uprooted trees in many localities in the state and lashed several other parts of north and northwest India such as Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab and Haryana, NDTV reported.

In Uttar Pradesh’s Agra, a thunderstorm brought a 3.6 meter (12 feet) metal pillar at the entry gate of the Taj Mahal complex crashing down on the night of April 11. At least four people in Mathura and one person in Bijnor were killed in the storm, which also damaged several power poles and uprooted trees.