Storms, lightning kill at least 47 in India: officials

A man tries to control his umbrella as a strong wind blows in Gauhati, India, Tuesday, May 15, 2018. (AP)
Updated 29 May 2018
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Storms, lightning kill at least 47 in India: officials

  • Disaster management officials in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand states said a combined total of 47 people had died in overnight storms across the region
  • The wild weather stretched into neighboring Uttar Pradesh, where winds of up to 70 kilometers (43 miles) an hour buffeted India’s most populous state

NEW DELHI: Storms and lightning across a swathe of northern India have killed at least 47 people, officials said Tuesday, the latest deaths from freak weather that has battered the country this month.
Disaster management officials in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand states said a combined total of 47 people had died in overnight storms across the region.
Bihar was the worst hit, pounded by strong winds and thunderbolts.
“At least 19 people have been confirmed dead. 11 of them due to lightning,” Yoginder Singh, a state disaster management official, told AFP.
The wild weather stretched into neighboring Uttar Pradesh, where winds of up to 70 kilometers (43 miles) an hour buffeted India’s most populous state.
“Fifteen people were killed by overnight lightning and high speed winds,” said T.P. Gupta, an official from the Uttar Pradesh disaster management department.
Another 10 people were injured, some with burns after being struck by lightning, he added.
Many in rural India sleep outdoors during the summer to escape the searing heat.
Nearly 200 people have died in Uttar Pradesh this month alone as strong winds and sandstorms brought down walls and electricity poles.
In Jharkhand, east of Bihar, 13 people died and six were injured in violent weather overnight, said Sushil Kumar, the head of the state’s disaster management department.


Migrants suspected of terrorism links, smuggling detained in Bosnia

Updated 19 February 2019
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Migrants suspected of terrorism links, smuggling detained in Bosnia

  • The suspects were captured in Sarajevo and Bihac
  • More than 25,000 migrants entered Bosnia since the beginning of 2018

SARAJEVO: Six Afghan migrants suspected of links to terrorism and people trafficking have been detained in Bosnia since the beginning of the year, the country's service for foreign affairs said on Tuesday.
The six are among more than 25,000 migrants and refugees, most from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq or Iran, who have entered Bosnia since January 2018 after other states, notably European Union members Hungary and Slovenia, sealed their borders.
Five of them are suspected of links to international terrorism and the sixth of migrant trafficking and organised crime, the agency said.
They represent "a threat to public order and security," the agency said in a statement, and will be expelled from the country.
The suspects were found in the capital, Sarajevo, and the northwestern town of Bihac, where more than 5,000 migrants have been stuck for months as the cold winter and Croatian police make it virtually impossible for them to continue their journey.
Bosnia was bypassed in 2015 and 2016 when more than a million migrants passed through the Balkans to western Europe, but since then it has become a major transit country.