30 May '18, 7pm

Weeks of extreme weather in India

India has been hit by a streak of unusually intense thunderstorms, dust storms, and lightning so far in 2018. The events collapsed homes, destroyed crops, and claimed the lives of over a hundred people with even more casualties, calling for assistance by Prime Minister Narendra Modi . In late April, the state of Andhra Pradesh in southeastern India was struck by about 40,000 lightning bolts in 13 hours —more than the number of strikes that occurred in the entire month of May 2017 — striking people and livestock. On May 2, 2018, a cluster of strong thunderstorms , accompanied by strong winds and lightning, swept through the Rajasthan region in the north, knocking over large structures and harming those in the way. The potent thunderstorms whipped up one of the deadliest dust storms in decades. One week later, the same region was hit by more deadly thunderstorms that brought...

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