This Day in Weather History ~ 30th April 1888

200 people were killed by giant hail in India in April 1888

This Day in Weather History ~ 30th April 1888
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On the 30th of April, 1888, massive storms struck The Moradabad and Beheri districts of Uttar Pradesh state with large hailstorms and flooding rains, causing damage to crops, property, and infrastructure throughout the region.

The hailstorms lasted several hours, and it has been said the hail was as large as cricket balls. Many people and animals were killed by the sheer force of the hailstones hitting them.

The storm covered an area of approximately 2,000 square miles. The hail killed more than 200 people and injured many more. This was India's deadliest hailstorm of the 19th Century.

The disaster resulted in the loss of many loved ones and left people across the region struggling to rebuild their lives, not just in the affected areas.

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