Storm kills 32, injures 80 in India

PATNA: Thirty-two people were killed and over 80 seriously injured as a nor’wester ravaged several Bihar districts,destroying thousands of huts and standing crops.
Principal secretary to Bihar disaster management department Vyasji said the maximum number of 25 deaths were reported from Purnia district, while six have died in Madhepura and one in Madhubani.
The storm hit Purnia, Madhepura, Saharsa, Madhubani, Samastipur, Darbhanga and Samastipur uprooting several thousand trees, damaging power lines and destroying thousands of huts and standing crops of maize, wheat and pulses. Road transport in the districts have been hit in the aftermath of the storm as many trees are lying uprooted, he said.
Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) Director in Patna, R K Giri said that the storm packed wind speed around 65 km per hour. “The storm descended from Nepal side hitting Purnia, Sitamarhi, Darbhanga and went deep inside the state up to Bhagalpur. Our radar data is showing that the wind speed was around 65 km per hour,” Giri said. Such storms, he said, are common in this season and are called ‘Kal Baisakhi’ or ‘nor’westers’.