UP dust storm toll climbs to 12

8 Killed As Dust Thunderstorm Strikes Western Uttar Pradesh

The dead included four in Etawah, three each in Mathura, Agra and Aligarh and one each in Kanpur, Hathras and Firozabad.

He said 37 head of cattle also perished in the calamity which affected nine districts, mostly in western Uttar Pradesh that had borne the brunt of the previous storm on May 2-3.

On Wednesday, a high-intensity dust storm hit New Delhi and Haryana on late Monday night.

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Police said 55-year-old Shakuntala Singh was killed after coming in contact with a fallen electricity pole in Mathura's Mant tehsil.

An identical unseasonal highly effective mud storm and thundershowers per week in the past left greater than 120 folks useless and one other 200 injured in 5 Indian states. The state government had announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakh for the families of the deceased. The regional weather office in Lucknow has predicted more storms in the next 24 hours, according to NDTV.

A thunderstorm accompanied with squall and hail is likely at isolated places over Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Sikkim and Uttarakhand on May 15 along with a dust storm accompanied with heavy rain at Rajasthan, South Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

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Uttar Pradesh was the hardest hit with 80 deaths, a lot of them in Agra district that witnessed wind speed of 125.93 kmph.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today issued fresh directives to the administration to speed up relief operations. "More funds have been allocated to the worst affected districts for providing immediate relief to the families of victims", said he. Addressing the media on Thursday, the deputy chief minister said, "Assessment of the extent of damage is being done and fix work is being carried out to restore power supply in the region".

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