May 20, 2018

Storm kills at least 91, injures over 160 in India

04 May 2018, 10:48 | Rufus Hill

A dust storm envelops the city in New Delhi on Wednesday leaving hundreds of people dead or injured

A dust storm envelops the city in New Delhi on Wednesday leaving hundreds of people dead or injured

IMD's additional director-general Mritunjay Mohapatra said the trigger for the storm was a cyclonic circulation over Haryana.

Dust storms and heavy rains have swept through northern India, killing as many as 72 people and injuring over 100 others, in the northern states of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.

46 in Agra district alone.

In Rajasthan, 38 died and another 100 were injured in the storm that hit the region around 7 pm. The worst period lasted about 45 minutes, according to reports from Dholpur in Rajasthan. But the extent of the damage was known only this morning.

In Uttar Pradesh, the northern city of Agra, home to the Taj Mahal, was one of the worst hit.

Dehradun: Four people, including a nine-year-old boy, were killed and eight others were injured in a dust storm in Uttarakhand on Wednesday evening. There was no mention of such activity over Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.

"A trough of low pressure may also have introduced moisture into the atmosphere, encouraging thunderstorms to develop".

Weather department officials stated that the downpour and cloudburst are expected to continue for another 48 hours particularly in the hilly regions, including, Chamoli, Uttarkashi, Rudraprayag and Pithoragarh districts.

Moisture incursion from the Bay of Bengal and from North India also led to the formation of storm clouds and widespread thundershowers across East India, Gangetic plains, southern India and Central India. As many 300 power poles are thought to have been knocked over, cutting off electricity to huge communities.

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As many as 12,700 electricity polls were uprooted and 1,523 transformers damaged in the three districts.

Officials said it could take more than two days to restore power.

A Delhi road enveloped by dust rising from a storm on Wednesday. Some trains were delayed as overhead power cables broke. Farmers lost cattle and poultry. More than 160 people were injured. People inside the house died instantly. In Rajasthan, about 250 animals perished. "The government will not tolerate any laxity in relief and rescue work", he said.

Hemant Gera, who oversees disaster management in Rajasthan, said the storm was the worst to hit the state in almost three decades.

In the post of Prime Minister of India Narendra modi in Twitter is written: "Saddened by the losses due to sand storms in different parts of India".

"Condolences to the bereaved families", he tweeted. She directed officials to urgently undertake a survey and provide relief to the affected people.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, has organized officers to monitor the aid efforts.

Local governments of both the states have reportedly announced a compensation fund of 400,000 rupees for the families of the deceased.

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