India Hailstorm

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Published Monday, February 11, 2019

A fast-moving hailstorm destroyed as many as 150 pucca homes and injured around 40 people in Alivardipur village near Hindon floodplains of Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India on February 7, 2019.

The rain started around 13:50 local time, followed by 60-seconds-long hailstorm around 15:40 and another storm accompanied by high-speed wind. As many as 15 homes were destroyed and over 1 000 people rendered homeless.

Local police said they received first reports of collapsed homes around 19:30 local time.

"Multiple teams of policemen, ambulances, and fire tenders were rushed to the spot. Initially, the police team found 10 - 12 injured people and rushed them to various hospitals in Noida and Greater Noida. The rest were taken to hospitals later."

Residents said they started rescue operation soon after several residents were crushed underneath the piles of bricks.

Local authorities said those affected by the storm are not entitled to any compensation or rehabilitation because all those homes were built illegally.
Source: DORRIS