Scores killed in India storms

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Rajasthan 27 killed several injured as dust storm thunder showers wreak havoc

Three districts in Rajasthan, a state popular with tourists for its heritage palaces and desert safaris, were hit the hardest on Wednesday. Dust clouds, lightning and forceful rains made the storms the most brutal in decades.

Some media are reporting up to 100 people have been killed.

On a Wednesday night, the normal life was affected in several places in Punjab and Haryana; post a high-velocity dust storm took place there.

As many as 70 people were killed in UP and 83 injured, while in Rajasthan 38 died and another 100 were injured in the storm that hit the region around 7 pm.

Around 43 people were killed and 35 others injured in Agra.

At least 111 people were killed, many as they slept when walls and roofs came tumbling down on them.

46 in Agra district alone.

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath was in poll-bound Karnataka on Thursday, campaigning with Mr Modi. "May the injured recover soon", Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Twitter.

"An unfortunate incident, we have been working closely with local authorities to mitigate the situation", Raje tweeted. "The Govt. stands firmly with its people at this time", she added further. Several houses collapsed and trees and electricity poles were uprooted.

"People should be alert", the relief commissioner's office told AFP.

The collector also stated about the survey of the damaged property which has also been ordered as cloudburst is in the list of national calamities.

Livestock are dead. Schools are closed.

When the sudden rains, hit the state Uttarakhand, which turned to be going and affected the Char Dham pilgrimage.

The exact level of damage in Alwar, Jhunjhunu and Bikaner was yet to be confirmed, said officials.

"Some vehicles were trapped as the rains and debris blocked the Badrinath highway". Fallen trees have been cleared.

According to Met, a western disturbance approaching North India and that has brought in moisture from North India too.

Yadav said that some 200 people were stuck in village Lebdapura Basedi after their houses were gutted in a fire.

In another occurrence in Bhind town, 2 minors were injured when a tin shed fell on them.

Meanwhile, the Business Standard reported at least 15 flights, including at least two global aircraft, were diverted from Delhi airport due to the bad weather. The minimum temperature was recorded at 19.8 degrees, five notches below the season's average.

Similar storms kill many people each year in India but this was one of the most severe in recent decades. In fact, winds were stronger in Delhi and touched a speed of 69 km/hr.

Panchkula, Karnal, Mahendergarh, and Ambala were among the other places in Haryana that were affected because of the dust storm.

The storm uprooted trees and disrupted power supply in a vast area beyond the the state.

"There is a high probability that winds will intensify in the next 48 hours in Rajasthan, which may lead to another dust storm", says scientist Himanshu Sharma, according to PTI.

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