22 dead, 100 injured as dust storm wreaks havoc in Rajasthan

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India's MET dept. predicts thunderstorm for several states

The storms on Wednesday disrupted electricity, uprooted trees, destroyed houses and killed livestock.

The overnight storm ravaged the territories of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan - with the death toll only expected to rise further, according to officials.

There were 65 confirmed deaths in Uttar Pradesh in the north, 33 in the desert state of Rajasthan to the west, and two in Punjab.

The gusty winds toppled trees at many places, blocking portions of roads, causing traffic jams in several areas.

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The dust storms brought down feeble mud houses, killing people as they slept. According to an official of the Alwar power distribution company, over 1,000 electricity poles were uprooted, thus plunging the city into darkness. "The Govt. stands firmly with its people in this time", she added.

During the last 24 hours from 8:30 am on Wednesday, Pilani recorded 26 mm of rains, Bharatpur 20 mm, and traces of rains were seen in Bikaner. "The squall was reported mainly in three districts", Secretary, Disaster Management and Relief, Hemant Kumar Gera were quoted in media reports.

In Karauli, Due to the wall collaps with a building, made injured two women and three children.

"Saddened to learn about the deaths of 22 people in several parts of Rajasthan due to thunderstorm and bad weather".

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The state government has announced that families of the dead will receive 400,000 rupees (about $6,000; £4,400) as compensation.

A sudden change in the weather was witnessed in the New Delhi and National Capital Region (NCR) too. My heartfelt condolences to the families.

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted his sympathy for those killed in the devastation.

The reports said Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has asked officials to personally monitor relief work, provide medical aid to affected in the state.

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