Over Ninety Dead After Storm, Rain Hit Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan: 10 Factors

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

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

More than 90 people have been killed and at least 160 injured in India in dust and rain storms that have knocked down power poles and houses and uprooted trees, government officials say. "It will take us at least two days to restore supply", said an engineer with the Alwar power company.

Rajasthan's disaster management chief said 33 people were confirmed dead as the region braces for more high-speed winds. He also said that no laxity will be tolerated in providing succour to the needy.

Three persons died in Bijnor, two in Saharanpur, three in Kanpur Dehat, one each in Bareilly, Chitrakoot, Raebareli and Unnao besides other districts, he said.

The dust storm also wreaked havoc in Rajasthan where at least 27 people were killed.

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Indian children swim in a pond during a dust storm in New Delhi on May 2, 2018. The majority of deaths and injuries were caused by the falling of trees and walls.

"Even if people of Uttar Pradesh are suffering, I am busy culling out "jumlas" (gimmicks) in Karnataka elections - Adityanath, missing chief minister, Uttar Pradesh", tweeted Congress communications in-charge Randeep Surjewala. However, Wednesday's storms led to trees being uprooted and houses in slums to collapse, killing scores.

Shivam Lohia, who owns a resort hotel in Alwar district of Rajasthan, said he abandoned his auto on the road and ran for his life after it was nearly blown away. "It will affect areas of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan border, especially Karauli and Dholpur", Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) scientist Himanshu Sharma told PTI here. Villages in the Jaunpur area near Mussoorie were also reeling in the dark.

Some 150 animals have also reportedly been killed as a result. The Safdarjung observatory, whose recording is considered the official figure for Delhi, recorded 13.4mm rainfall. "The maximum and minimum temperatures are expected to hover at 36 and 26 degrees Celsius respectively", the weatherman said.

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