More than 100 die in powerful India storm

At least 116 killed as storms batter India

At least 116 killed as storms batter India

Reports of deaths from the storms varied, with some putting the toll at more than 100.

The destructive winds were followed by fierce lightning storms and rains. In an April dust storm, wInds reaching 80 miles per hour damaged two minarets at entry gates to the 17th century mausoleum.

TRT World's Arabella Munro has more on the story.

"I haven't seen such a devastating storm in at least 25 years".

"There was the clanking sound of tin roofs being blown away and motorcycles getting dragged", he said.

Alwar hotel owner Shivam Lohia said he abandoned his vehicle after it was nearly blown off the road.

"There is a high probability that winds will intensify in the next 48 hours in Rajasthan, which may lead to another dust storm", he told the Press Trust of India.

A man is carried from the debris of his damaged home following a major dust storm in Etmadpur, in Agra district in northern India's Uttar Pradesh state.

Although Adityanath had left for poll-bound Karnataka in the morning, a media release from the information department of the state government said: "The CM has said any laxity in relief work wouldn't be tolerated".

Three people died in Bijnor, two in Saharanpur and one each in Bareilly, Chitrakoot, Raebareli and Unnao districts, he said.

A huge dust storm and lightning strikes killed at least 125 people across India which braced Thursday for more wild weather.

Homes and businesses now lay in rubble littered with downed trees and electrical lines. The maximum causalities were reported from Agra. At least 47 people were injured in the state.

On Wednesday evening 36 people died in Agra and the wind reached 130 km / h. He said more than 100 were injured in the disaster.

TRT World spoke to Rebecca Bundhun from Mumbai.

"Satellite imagery shows that a cluster of strong thunderstorms developed in northwest India and swept through northern parts of the country", said meteorologist Chris Dolce.

Three districts in Rajasthan, a state popular with tourists for its heritage palaces and desert safaris, were hit the hardest on Wednesday.

In towns, the storm triggered traffic snarls.

Power was cut in many parts of Rajasthan as thousands of electricity pylons were destroyed. Officials said power was being gradually restored. In UP, the Yogi Adiyanath government has announced Rs 4 lakh compensation to next of kin of the deceased, while Rs 50,000 to those injured.

Dust storms are common in this part of India during summer but loss of life on this scale is unusual. "Condolence for families who lost their loved ones", she said on Twitter.

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