97 dead as dust storm brings down houses in India

Rajasthan_Dust_Storm

Rajasthan_Dust_Storm

Dust storms tore across northern India killing more than 70 people and injuring up to 143 as trees and walls collapsed due to powerful winds, according to officials. Officials said the death toll may cross 50 as numerous injured were still critical.

Three persons died in Bijnore, two in Saharanpur and one each in Bareilly, Chitrakoot, Rae Bareli and Unnao districts.

Dust storms in northern India uprooted trees, electricity poles, and left many without power on May 3.

The Regional Met office has warned of a second spell of dust storm in many districts of Uttar Pradesh, following which an alert has been sounded by the government. The falling trees and electric poles caused the maximum accidents, leaving nearly 100 people injured, Yadav said.

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In Uttar Pradesh, "40 to 50" people were killed in sandstorms, State Revenue and Relief Commissioner Sanjay Kumar told ANI.

Deaths were reported from the districts of Bharatpur, Alwar, Dholpur, Jhunjhunu and Bikaner, with more than 100 trees getting uprooted in Alwar itself. Around 45 people died in Uttar Pradesh out of which 36 of them belonged to Agra district which is famous for having Taj Mahal as a monument.

"It can be called a freak incident", Mahesh Palawat, chief meteorologist at Skymet Weather, a private forecaster, said, "dust storms are usually not this intense nor do these systems cover such a large area".

A squall and dust storm followed by heavy rain also lashed New Delhi on Wednesday evening and caused traffic snarls in some parts of the national capital.

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

The state government has announced that families of the dead will receive 400,000 rupees (about $6,000; £4,400) as compensation. "It will affect areas of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan border, especially Karauli and Dholpur".

Indian Premier Narendra Modi took to twitter and expressed condolences to the bereaved families. We are extremely grieved at the loss of lives in state and stand with the victims in this hour of tragedy...

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