Wednesday's storm toll rises to 16 in west UP

Image for representation only

Massive dust storm hits Agra, tourists at Taj Mahal dash to take cover

Four deaths were reported in Etawah, three in Mathura, two in Firozabad, and one each in Agra, Aligarh and Kanpur Rural, Principal Secretary Information Avanish Awasthi said.

Most of the deaths were caused by falling walls or trees in Etawah and Mathura districts, an official at the authority told AFP.

As many as 124 people had died in the thunderstorm which hit Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan on 3 May, according to the National Emergency Response Centre (NERC), ministry of home affairs.

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. He rushed back to Agra to meet the families of the victims and injured.

Addition district magistrate Jitendra Kumar Kushwaha said that Ratan Singh (63), resident of Pachpeda village in Jaswant Nagar Tehsil, Akil Ahmad (50) of Bichpuri Kheda, Urmila Devi (40) hailed Rukunpura and Omprakash (45) from Kusaina area died in house collapse due to thunderstorm.

Arsenal's Koscielny set to be sidelined for six months
Koscielny, 32, was carried off 12 minutes into Arsenal's Europa League semi-final second leg 1-0 defeat by Atletico Madrid last Thursday.

On May 2, a severe thunderstorm in north India, accompanied with high velocity winds, saw 70 persons die in just Uttar Pradesh.

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

Schools and colleges were closed in several districts based on the storm warnings, he said. "More funds have been allocated to the worst affected districts for providing immediate relief to the families of victims", said he.

In Uttar Pradesh, dust storm, lightning and heavy rain claimed 16 lives in Mathura, Etawaha, Aligarh, Hathras and Agra districts.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today issued fresh directives to the administration to speed up relief operations. "Go to the villages and extend help to them", he said in a communique.

Latest News