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Published On: Thu, May 3rd, 2018

70 Dead After high-intensity dust storm hits UP,Rajasthan

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Bikaner: A dust storm approaches the city of Bikaner on Wednesday. PTI Photo (PTI5_2_2018_000173B)

Bikaner: A dust storm approaches the city of Bikaner on Wednesday. PTI

JAIPUR : A dust storm, accompanied with rain and hail in some sports, wreaked havoc across UP and Rajasthan yesterday, killing more than 70 people, uprooting trees and flattening houses. In UP, 45 people died – 36 of them in Agra alone. In neighbouring Rajasthan, the figure was 27.
The storm swept across Delhi too, but no loss or damages have been reported from the national capital. Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted his condolences and said the states have been offered help to deal with the crisis.  up-rains_650x400_61525330768
At least 22 persons were killed and over 100 injured in different parts of Rajasthan as a high-speed dust storm followed by thundershowers wreaked havoc on Wednesday night, leaving behind a trail of destruction. Trees and electricity poles were uprooted and houses collapsed in the high-intensity squall.

The storm caused major destruction in Alwar where more than 100 trees were uprooted, many of which fell on stationary vehicles and snapped electricity cables. The power distribution company switched off electricity to prevent further damage. The district has been without electricity since night.
According to DP Singh, Alwar power distribution company executive engineer, “More than 1,000 electricity poles were uprooted in the storm, plunging the city in darkness. It will take us at least two days to restore supply.
The storm hit Alwar, Dholpur and Bharatpur districts, uprooting electricity poles and trees and collapsing house.”So far, 27 people have died due to the disaster, including 12 in Bharatpur, 10 in Dholpur and 5 in Alwar. The squall was reported mainly in three districts,” Secretary, Disaster Management and Relief, Hemant Kumar Gera told news agency PTI.
Two of those killed in Dholpur were from Agra in Uttar Pradesh.
Gera also said nearly 100 were injured in the disaster. 20 were injured in Alwar, 32 in Bharatpur and 50 in Dholpur respectively.
“A few are undergoing primary treatment while others were discharged. One critical patient from Dholpur was referred to Jaipur,” he said.
A detailed report of the disaster is awaited even as relief and rescue teams have been pressed into service to clear debris and restore power supply, Gera added. Gera said contigency funds have been released to the respective district administration. He said Rs 4 lakh will be given to family members of deceased, Rs 2 lakh to persons sustaining 60 per cent injuries and Rs 60,000 to people with 40 to 50 per cent injuries.
A detailed report of the disaster is awaited even as relief and rescue teams have been pressed into service, Secretary, Disaster Management and Relief, Hemant Kumar Gera told news agency pti

.Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje expressed grief over the calamity and said authorities concerned in the districts have been directed to ensure all possible help to victims. “Condolence for families who lost their loved ones,” she said on Twitter.

In view of the calamity, Congress General Secretary Ashok Gehlot said  “We are extremely grieved at the loss of lives in the state and stand with the victims in this hour of tragedy…I cancel all celebrations at my residence today. Blood donation camps and Janhit programs can be continued by organisers,” he said.(With Agency Inputs ).

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