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Deadly storm kills least 45 in northern India

Dust storm, rains kill 50 in Uttar Pradesh, 27 in Rajasthan: Top updates Nearly 70 dead, dozens injured as squall, sandstorms hit parts of north India
Glenn Montgomery | 03 May, 2018, 16:58

Powerful dust storms tore across northern India killing at least 100 people and injuring more than 140 as they flattened houses in their path and warnings were made on Thursday of more chaos to come.

The storms uprooted trees and electricity poles, and brought down walls and houses in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday night.

For Rajasthan, the Press Trust of India claimed that at least 27 had died and another 100 are injured in the western Indian state.

Out of 45 deaths in Uttar Pradesh, 36 have occurred in Agra, three in Bijnore, two in Saharanpur and one each in Raebareli, Unnao, Bareilly and Chitrakoot districts, states the figures released by the government.

The dust storm killed several people in Uttarakhand and left a trail of destruction, uprooting trees and disrupting power supply in Punjab and Haryana as well.

The administration has begun a an assessment of the loss caused to the standing crops across the state after the thunderstorm and rains. The falling trees and electric poles caused the maximum accidents, leaving nearly 100 people injured, Yadav said.

Forty-three people died there as the wind speed touched 130 kilometres per hour, relief commissioner Sanjay Kumar, of Uttar Pradesh state, said.

Dust storms with high winds are common during the summer in northern and eastern India.

Hemant Kumar Gera, Secretary, Disaster Management and Relief, said almost 100 were injured in the disaster, according to media reports.

At least 27 died in Rajasthan.

Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje said on Twitter she was "disturbed" by the casualties, and expressed condolences for the deaths.

"Distressed after storm in Alwar, Bharatpur and Dholpur".

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed officials to personally monitor relief operations. "Blood donation camps and Janhit programs can be continued by the organisers", Gehlot tweeted.

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