Storms, rains lash UP, Rajasthan; 94 dead

A tree that fell down in Agra during the dust storm on Thursday

Lucknow/Jaipur: A severe dust storm followed by thunder showers wreaked havoc in parts of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan overnight, killing about 100 people and leaving a trail of destruction.

The massive dust storm, which was accompanied by rain and lightning, resulted in the uprooting of trees, felling of electrical poles and damage to houses.

Reports of deaths from the storms varied, with some putting the toll at more than 100.

Disaster management and relief department deputy secretary Anil Kumar Paliwal said 19 people were killed in Bharatpur, nine in Alwar, six in Dholpur and one in Jhunjhunu. Agra was the most-affected district in UP with 36 deaths and injuries to 35 people.

LEAD IMAGE: A man wraps a scarf around his nose as a dust storm envelops the city in New Delhi, India. The storms on Wednesday disrupted electricity, uprooted trees, destroyed houses and killed livestock. "Condolences to the bereaved families". "...three people died each in Bijnor and Kanpur Dehat", he said. "May the injured recover soon", the Prime Minister's Office tweeted quoting Modi.

In the western state of Rajasthan, the Press Trust of India news agency said 27 others died and 100 were injured.

More thunderstorms and strong winds are expected in Uttar Pradesh over the next two days. especially in the northern parts of the state, met officials have said.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje expressed grief over the calamity and said district authorities have been directed to ensure all possible help to victims.




Incredibly intense dust storms rolled across highly populated regions of India on Wednesday, causing incredible damage and loss of life.

And residents are bracing for another storm that's predicted to strike in a few days: The Indian Express reported early Thursday that Indian Meteorological Department scientist Himanshu Sharma warned another round of risky weather is likely to strike the area.

Emergency management authorities says At least 42 people were killed in four districts of western Uttar Pradesh.

Rajasthan government said contingency funds have been released to district administrations.

"We are paying Rs 4 lakh as compensation to each killed person's family and Rs 50,000 to the injured".

As the state governments moved into action, officials rushed to the affected areas to begin relief work.

Revenue and relief commissioner Sanjay Kumar Sharma said the government has made a decision to give a financial assistance of '4 lakh each to the next kin of deceased, '13,000 and free of cost treatment to those injured.

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