Deadly Dust Storm: At least 97 people killed in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan

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Uttar Pradesh, May 3: At least 97 people have been killed and more than 200 injured in the deadly dust storm which hit several parts of western and northern India on Wednesday.

At least 62 people have died in different parts of Uttar Pradesh and the toll in Rajasthan due to high-intensity squall and thundershowers has gone up to 35 till now leaving 205 injured owing to dust storms sweeping across the two states.

The death toll in the dust storm and lightning strikes at many places in Uttar Pradesh overnight has climbed up to 62, reported news agency IANS.

Of these, 43 are from the Taj city Agra. Another 47 persons have been injured in the Wednesday night disaster.

Besides the 43 deaths from Agra, three people died each in Bijnore and Kanpur Dehat (Rural)and one each in Bareilly, Pilibhit, Chitrakoot, Rae Bareli, Unnao, Mathura, Amroha, Kannauj, Banda, Kanpur city, Sitapur, Sambhal and Mirzapur.

A total of 160 cattle died in different districts.

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.

Yogi Adityanath has also announced a compensation of up to Rs.4 lakhs to the families of the deceased and Rs.50,000 for each of the injured; reported ANI.

In Rajasthan Electricity poles and trees were uprooted in several areas leading to blackouts and road obstructions.

Rajasthan minister Gulab Chand Kataria on Thursday announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakh each to the deceased family.

Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje also shared a condolence message on Twitter.

Shimla plunged into darkness after the onset of rain and heavy winds on Wednesday.

Delhi too witnessed heavy dust storm which lashed many parts of the city. A blanket of dust was seen all over the region.

The Met department has predicted light rains for most parts of northern India till Friday.

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