Scores dead in dust storms in Northern India

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The recent update on the dust storm on parts of North India says that over 97 people have been killed in Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.

Power supply and train traffic were affected after a number of trees were uprooted across the state and walls collapsed because of the high-speed windswhich were blowing at a speed of 132 km per hour.

Many of them died when their homes collapsed and in lightning strikes as wind speeds reached up to 80 miles per hour.

Officials said the death toll is likely to rise.

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Forty-five people died in Uttar Pradesh, 36 of them in Agra district which is home to the Taj Mahal monument.

Over 60 people were killed in a high-intensity dust storm that hit parts of Uttar Pradesh overnight, leaving a trail of destruction.

At least 72 people have died in a powerful storm that has caused houses to collapse and trees to topple.

Thunderstorms with gusty winds were expected Thursday across northern India, the Meteorological Department said in its forecast. This disaster largely affected 3 districts in Rajasthan named Alwar, Bharatpur and Dholapur where at least 30 people were killed. Shri Gulabchand Kataria ji shall be monitoring the situation at Alwar, Shri Arun Chaturvedi ji in Dholpur; Shri Kalicharan Saraf in Bharatpur & Shri Surendrapal Singh Ji in Jhunjhunu.

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Hemant Kumar Gera, Rajasthan's disaster management and relief secretary, confirmed that 27 people died there due to dust storms.

The storm also hit the capital Delhi, though no casualties have been reported.

"He said that the officials of the concerned districts calculate the losses and provide compensation to the affected urgently".

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who is campaigning for the BJP in Karnataka, has told officials to ensure rescue and relief work in the worst hit Agra, Bijnore, Bareilly, Unnao, Saharanpur, Pilibhit, Firozabad, Chitrakoot, Muzaffarnagar and Rae Bareli districts.

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