Rajasthan, UP may witness more thundershowers


Powerful dust storms tore across northern India killing at least 100 people and injuring more than 140 as they flattened houses in their path and warnings were made Thursday of more chaos to come.

The maximum devastation occurred in Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, where the storms claimed 112 lives.

Seventy-three people were killed in UP and 91 injured, officials said.

Agra bore the brunt as 43 people were killed, officials said.

The weather office has also predicted the overcast skies and there will be the possibility of a drizzle on Thursday, reported.

"Twenty injured have been admitted to the trauma ward in the government hospital in Alwar", he said.

According to Hemant Gera, secretary, disaster management and relief, the State Disaster Relief Force teams were pegging away at clearing roads and and highways. "...three people died each in Bijnor and Kanpur Dehat", he said. "Overall, 22 districts (out of 75 were) were affected". Reports inform that many were killed after houses collapsed after being struck by intense bursts of lightning.

In the state of Rajasthan, at least 35 people died and more than 200 were injured after winds downed more than 8,000 electricity poles and uprooted hundreds of trees, officials told CNN.

The state government quickly released funds to compensate the families of those killed or for damage. The ones who have been injured will receive Rs 50,000 each.

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Districts in coastal Andhra Pradesh will also continue to receive heavy rain and thunderstorms. "If we see in general, then neither the rain nor the thunderstorm was that severe".

The high-speed killer storm left 64 people dead and 47 injured in Uttar Pradesh while in Rajasthan, 33 were killed, taking the combined death toll to 97.

The storm uprooted several trees and snapped electricity in the capital city Dehradun.

Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje announced an exgratia sum of Rs 4 lakh to the kin of each deceased.

After seeing reports of a storm hitting Alwar on Wednesday, Dhaulpur collector Shuchi Tyagi deduced it would move towards her district, where a similar storm on April 11 had killed 19.

Head injuries sustained as a result of collapsing houses and falling trees caused most of the deaths. All of Thursday, power and water supply were disrupted, adding to people's woes. Adequate and immediate measures would be taken to bring relief to the affected people, said the authorities.

According to reports, state officials have discussed extending financial help for the victims and their families.

Dehradun: Four people, including a nine-year-old boy, were killed and eight others were injured in a dust storm in Uttarakhand on Wednesday evening.

"Dust storms are common occurrences in Rajasthan during the period before the monsoon rains", according to Al Jazeera's senior weather presenter, Richard Angwin.