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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.



Madhya Pradesh: Three killed in Burhanpur blast



Bhopal, July 18: At least three people were killed after a blast in a cold storage in Burhanpur’s Ichhapur on Wednesday.

According to the reports, one person was injured. Police investigation underway in the mishap.

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Central Kerala badly affected by rains, 14 dead, 10,000 shifted to relief camps



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Thiruvananthapuram, July 18: Unabated rains over the past few days have badly affected normal life in Kottayam, Alappuzha, Ernakulam and Idukki districts in Kerala. At least 14 people have died in the past 10 days.

With the Met predicting more rains in the next four-five days that may advance towards the northern part of the state, the authorities are carrying out relief on an aggressive footing.

Around 10,000 people have been put up in relief camps.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan ordered district authorities on Wednesday to immediately release an amount of Rs 1,000 each to all those who are in these camps on or before July 17 even if they have gone home.

The state cabinet also directed Chief Secretary Tom Jose to see that an immediate assessment was made of the damages caused by the heavy monsoon.

On account of overflowing Meenachil river in Kottayam, the Southern Railway decided to cancel 10 trains on Wednesday. Most of these were short distance trains between Ernakulam to Kollam.

There were less rains on Tuesday and Wednesday with Thiruvananthapuram district witnessing a bright sunny day. Kollam reported less rains.

At Kottayam, the worst affected were the low-lying areas. Residents and rescue teams transported more than 50 people to relief camps on boats from these areas.

“A funeral was conducted with great difficulty as there was no place in the house to place the body,” a villager in Kottayam told the media.

A busy entrance exam coaching centre in Pala near Kottayam was flooded and closed for a week.

Compared to the past five years, Kerala has received 18 per cent more rains in 2018 and has now recorded the highest in the five year period, the Met figures showed.

Leader of Opposition R. Chennithala, who is part of an all-party delegation led by Vijayan that will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday, said the state government must ensure to ask for an urgent release of funds to mitigate the loss suffered due to the heavy rains.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday assured in the Lok Sabha that the Centre will take a favourable approach to the calamity.


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3 killed as buildings collapse in Greater Noida, Rescue operation underway



New Delhi, July 18: At least three people lost their lives after two multi-storey buildings collapsed in Greater Noida’s Shahberi village on Tuesday.

Many others are feared to be trapped under the debris.

The incident took place around 10 pm on Tuesday in Shahberi village of Bisrakh when a five-storey building collapsed on an adjacent under-construction building, officials said.

Four National Disaster Response Force teams and a dog squad present at the spot. Rescue operations are underway.

In connection with the incident, the police arrested three people including the builder and his two associates.

Taking cognisance of the mishap, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath asked the District Magistrate to follow up with the National Disaster Response Force team and Police for relief measures and to ensure immediate rescue.


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