Over 70 dead after storm, rain hit Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan

A tree that fell down in Agra during the dust storm on Thursday

A tree that fell down in Agra during the dust storm on Thursday

Here when a house collapsed due to the dust storm while Incidents of fire, reported from Dholpur.

The deadly storm caused a large number of trees uprooted along the main roads, which led to traffic jams.

18 people were killed in Khairabad, 9 in Fatehabad, 4 in Bah, 2 each in Etmadpur and Kirwali area in Agra as winds at the speed of 132 km/hour, with a massive thunder and hailstorm that lashed the entire region.

"I haven't seen such a devastating storm in at least 25 years".

There were 46 confirmed deaths in Uttar Pradesh in the north and 31 in Rajasthan to the west.

The devastation was particularly severe on Wednesday night in Agra, the northern Indian city where the white marble Taj Mahal is located.

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Numerous trees that got uprooted in Alwar fell on stationary vehicles and snapped power cables, disrupting electricity supply. Many people in India sleep outside during the summer months to escape the high temperatures.

In Rajasthan, 33 were killed, taking the combined death toll to 97. Of these, 36 died in Agra alone. More than 150 cattle and other animals were also killed across the state. Almost 22 people were reported dead and over a hundred people were injured. "The squall was reported mainly in three districts", Secretary, Disaster Management and Relief, Hemant Kumar Gera told the media.

In Karauli, Due to the wall collaps with a building, made injured two women and three children.

Thunderstorms with gusty winds were expected Thursday across northern India, the Meteorological Department said in its forecast. The intensity of these pre Monsoon activities was so much that 27 people across the districts of Dholpur, Alwar and Bharatpur have lost their lives.

Apart from traffic snarls, 15 flights, including two worldwide, were diverted due to the bad weather, airport officials in Delhi said. "It will take us at least two days to restore supply". About US$6,000 would be given to the families of each of the dead.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje said she was grief-stricken following the loss of lives and added authorities have been directed to ensure all possible help to victims.

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