11 Killed As Dust, Thunderstorm Strikes Western Uttar Pradesh

Four deaths were reported from Etawah, three from Mathura one each from Agra, Aligarh and Firozabad in incidents related to the thunderstorm.

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11 Killed As Dust, Thunderstorm Strikes Western Uttar Pradesh

The earlier storm hit Agra, Aligarh, Mathura and Firozabad districts in UP. (PTI)


Lucknow:  At least eleven people died and eleven were injured as a dust and thunderstorm struck parts of western Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday evening.

Four deaths were reported from Etawah, three from Mathura one each from Agra, Aligarh and Firozabad in incidents related to the thunderstorm, according to a government update. One person died and four were injured in Kanpur rural when lightning struck. 

The death in Agra took place in the Etmadpur area of the city after a tree fell on a man's house.

Strong winds blew across western and central Uttar Pradesh and hail was also been reported from Firozabad, neighboring the Taj city, an official told news agency IANS. 

The Regional Met office in Lucknow has predicted more such storms in the next 24 hours.

Wednesday's storm comes days after a dust storm, accompanied by rain, wreaked havoc across Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, killing more than 100 people, uprooting trees and flattening houses. In Uttar Pradesh, 73 people died -- 43 of them in Agra alone. In neighbouring Rajasthan, the figure was 36.

The earlier storm hit Agra, Aligarh, Mathura and Firozabad districts in UP. Agra was the worst hit. 

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, still campaigning in Karnataka, has said that the local District Magistrate has been told to distribute the relief immediately, maximum by noon today.

Weather officials have attributed the rain and thunderstorm to a western disturbance and cyclonic circulation. The met department, however, said the impact of the storm this time will be less than that of last week.

(With inputs from PTI and IANS)


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