Dust storm kills at least 27 in Uttar Pradesh

Lucknow, April 18: At least 27 persons were killed and more than 30 injured in a strong dust storm that lashed Uttar Pradesh, district officials said.

They said ten persons were killed in Farukhabad, six including two children in Barabanki, three each in state capital Lucknow and Sitapur, two each in Hardoi and Jalaun and one in Faizabad.

The gutsy winds, which was followed by showers, uprooted trees, electricity poles and hutments, causing severe damage to public and private property last evening.

The Meteorological Department said that storm and rainfall were results of western disturbance over Rajasthan.

At least 18 people were killed and property worth several million rupees damaged in a dust storm that hit Lucknow and other parts of Uttar Pradesh late Thursday, officials said.

Three people died in the state capital and Barabanki, 11 were killed in Jalaun, two in Kasganj and two in Faizabad after hutments were uprooted and houses collapsed in gutsy winds that reached up to 75 km per hour.

A two-year-old was buried alive in Dubagga area of the state capital when the wall of a school caved in.

More than 500 hoardings across the state collapsed and half a dozen trains, including the Farakka Express, Avadh-Assam Express, Gonda Passenger, Amrapali Express and Lucknow-Gorakhpur Express, were halted after many trees uprooted due to the storm landed on rail tracks.

In Lucknow alone, more than 100 big and small trees were uprooted and 60 electric poles came down in the storm. As a result power went off in over 15 lakh households.

Hardoi has recorded 15 mm of rainfall since late Thursday, Muzaffarnagar had 14 mm and Jhansi had 4.2 mm rainfall.

Rescue and relief operations were started late Thursday, officials told IANS.


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