The dust storm, with winds blowing up to 60 miles per hour, swept parts of Uttar Pradesh state on Wednesday night, demolishing homes and downing power lines. According to the information department, there were reports of 37 cattle deaths and seven house collapse in nine affected districts, mostly in western Uttar Pradesh. The injured were rushed to Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar Hospital. "The sub-division magistrate and the circle officer have gone to the village to get more details of his death", said Hathras superintendent of police Sushil Ghule.
Incidentally, the previous thunderstorms had also occurred on a Wednesday. Strong winds also hit the state capital. The met department, however, said the impact of the storm this time will be less than that of last week.
Shakuntala Singh (55) was electrocuted when an electric pole fell on her in Maant tehsil in Mathura district.
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On May 2, a severe thunderstorm in north India, accompanied with high velocity winds, saw 70 persons die in just Uttar Pradesh.
Agra - home to Taj Mahal - was the worst affected in the deadly dust storm that left almost 150 people dead across six Indian states in early May. On Thursday afternoon, deputy chief minister Dinesh Sharma visited Firozabad district to inspect relief work and handed over compensation cheques to the victims' families.
The Relief Commissioner Sanjay Kumar said that teams of disaster management have been rushed in these districts to speed up the relief and rescue operations. The Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who was on a three-day campaign tour to poll-bound Karnataka, had to cut short his tour. "Go to the villages and extend help to them", he said in a communique.