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Storms kill at least 78 in western and northern India

03 May, 2018, 18:30 | Author: Drew Briggs
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A massive rainstorm sweeping parts of north and western India, has left at least 72 people dead and over 100 injured besides causing house collapses, toppling trees and destructing other facilities. "It will take us at least two days to restore supply", said an engineer with the Alwar power company. He also said that relief would be given within 24 hours to the affected people.

In Rajasthan, three districts - Alwar, Dholpur and Bharatpur - were the worst affected.

The devastation is particularly severe in Agra, the northern Indian city where the Taj Mahal is located, according to officials.

The other affected districts include Bijnor, Bareli, Saharanpur, Pilibhit, Firozabad, Chitrakoot, Muzaffarnagar, Mathura, Kanpur, Sitapur, Mirzapur, Sambhal, Banda, Kannauj, Rae Bareli and Unnao.

In Uttar Pradesh, "40 to 50" people were killed in sandstorms, State Revenue and Relief Commissioner Sanjay Kumar told ANI. The warning came even as the two north Indian states were reeling under the impact of a severe overnight dust storm that killed almost 100 people and left a trail of destruction. "Most of the deaths occurred after walls and roofs of houses collapsed in the middle of the night", T Ravi Kant, the district divisional commissioner in the state capital, Jaipur, told CNN.

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Vehicles ply on roads during a mild dust storm in Bikaner on Thursday.

Walls, trees and electricity pylons were all torn down by the winds which were followed by fierce lightning storms. 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.

Massive rains were also expected in some places. He said contigency funds had been released to the three district administrations. Villages in the Jaunpur area near Mussoorie were also reeling in the dark. He also said that no laxity will be tolerated in providing succour to the needy, PTI reported. The Safdarjung observatory, whose recording is considered the official figure for Delhi, recorded 13.4mm rainfall.

The weather office has forecast overcast skies along with the possibility of a drizzle on Thursday.

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