Thursday, 3 May 2018

98 dead and 143 injured as dust storm brings down houses in India

A powerful dust storm has killed around 98 people and injured at least 143 more in north India.
The storms uprooted trees and electricity poles, and brought down walls and houses in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday night.

Some were also killed by lightning.

A fallen electricity line in Agra

A man is carried from the debris of his damaged home following a major dust storm in Etmadpur, in Agra district in northern India's Uttar Pradesh state

Officials said the death toll may rise. About 150 animals have also been killed.

Rajasthan's chief minister, Vasundhara Raje, tweeted: "Have directed ministers and concerned officials to affected areas to begin relief work immediately and restore utilities.

"An unfortunate incident, we have been working closely with local authorities to mitigate the situation.

"The Govt stands firmly with its people in this time."

SKY     News.

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