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Last Updated: Sunday, 1 May, 2005, 08:29 GMT 09:29 UK
Many dead in severe India storm
At least 18 people have been killed and scores injured in a storm that lashed the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, officials said.

At least 10 people died in the coastal district of Guntur alone after being struck by lightning on Saturday night.

The severe storms, bringing rain and high winds, damaged homes and crops in at least six districts.

The storm also uprooted thousands of trees and electricity and telephone poles.

Temperatures dipped in the predominantly tropical state after the storm.

Farmers in the districts of Guntur, Krishna, Srikakulam, Karimnagar and Nalgonda have been badly affected after the storm destroyed much of their crops.

The state government is sending a team of officials to the affected districts to find out the extent of damage.

Andhra Pradesh is no stranger to unseasonal rains and storms.

Two years ago, a winter cyclone killed at least 50 people and destroyed nearly 300,000 acres of farm land in the state.

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