Death toll from India storms jumps to 97

Glen Norman
May 3, 2018

At least 74 people have died and scores more were injured in fierce dust storms that hit the northern Indian states of Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.

Winds of more than 130km/h ravaged Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Punjab states and the death toll was expected to rise, officials said.

Officials have confirmed 45 deaths in Uttar Pradesh and 27 in Rajasthan state.

Agra district of Uttar Pradesh was one of the worst hit with more than 40 people killed.


Heavy rain and high winds knocked down houses, electricity poles and trees, blocked roads and disrupted power supplies in the worst-affected areas.

Rakesh Malpani, additional district magistrate of Agra said the administration will pay Rs 4 lakh each to victim's family killed in the storm. The falling trees and electric poles caused the maximum accidents, leaving nearly 100 people injured, Yadav said.

Major destruction was reported from Alwar where more than 100 trees were uprooted and fell on stationary vehicles and electric lines.

Relief Commissioner Sanjay Kumar said other districts affected were Bijnor, Bareli, Saharanpur, Pilibhit, Firozabad, Chitrakoot, Muzaffarnagar, Rae Bareli and Unnao.


Dust storms have wrought havoc across northern India killing at least 90 people and injuring 143 as trees and walls were flattened by powerful winds.

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

"Shri Gulabchand Kataria ji shall be monitoring situation at Alwar, Shri Arun Chaturvedi ji in Dholpur; Shri Kalicharan Saraf in Bharatpur & Shri Surendrapal Singh ji in Jhunjhunu". "Condolence for families who lost their loved ones", she wrote on Twitter.

Congress leader and former Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said he was cancelling his birthday celebration on Thursday. "Blood donation camps and Janhit programs can be continued by organisers", he said.


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