Duststorm claims 3 lives in UP: Heavy rains lash Jammu

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New Delhi, May 5 (UNI) At least three people were buried alive after some huts collapsed following a duststorm in Gorakhpur division in Uttar Pradesh as heavy rains lashed Jammu and thundershowers brought respite to Delhi and Bihar from a scorching heat wave.

Besides, six others were wounded in the duststorm that also razed huts and trees, police sources said.

Nisha (50) and Roza (13) of Amhava village in Gorakhpur took shelter under a hut in the strong wind, but could not escape and died.

In a similar incident reported from Paniyra area in Maharajganj, Shruti Devi (65) was buried under a hut due to high velocity wind.

For the second day, thundershowers and an overcast sky plummeted mercury in the national capital to 36.8 degrees Celsius while the minimum was recorded at 29 degrees.

Heavy rains lashed Jammu this evening bringing down the rising mercury to normal with maximum temperature recorded at 36.2 degrees.

In Kashmir, Srinagar and its adjoining areas experienced heavy rains resulting in drop in temperature. Traffic on the 434-km-long Srinagar-Leh national highway was disrupted for several hours due to landslides, triggered by heavy rains at Gomri.

Muggy weather conditions have come to the fore in Uttar Pradesh, resulting in a drop in temperature at isolated places in the state. Isolated places of Bareilly, Lucknow and Faizabad divisions received mild showers in the last 24 hrs.

Orai (Jalaun district) remained hottest with 44.8 degrees , which was two notches above the normal temperature, whereas Agra was at 44.4 degrees, Jhansi 43.3, Allahabad 41.5, Kanpur 40.4, Varanasi 40.3, Bareilly 39 and Lucknow and Lakhimpur Kheri were at 38.8 and 36 degrees respectively.

The death toll mounted to 57. Twenty one people died in Uttar Pradesh, 15 in Orissa , seven in West Bengal, six in Jharkhand, four in Maharashtra, three in Gujarat and one in Punjab.

People in the lower areas of Himachal Pradesh had ... picking up from para 8, line one of DI41, WEATHER-ROUNDUP.

UNI Team RP DB2204

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