Kanpur/Etawah(UP), May 15: High velocity winds and a squall have claimed at least 45 lives in various parts of Uttar Pradesh. Dozens were injured and a several people are reported to have died during the storm. A temple wall also collapsed, injuring four persons and killing one.
The storm also brought vehicular traffic to a grinding halt. In another incident, a fire erupted in Etawah, resulting in the loss of nine lives and damage to property. Villagers were tired to save their houses and crops from the blaze. Charred remains of property and humans were visible all round. The maximum casualties were reported from Kannauj where 12 persons had died. Meteorological sources said the storm was caused by cyclonic circulation over northern India.