Over 95 killed in rain, storm..UP reports highest 64 deaths, 31 deaths in Rajastahan

Lucknow/Jaipur, May 3: Over 95 people have died in  the dust storm that hit many parts of India last night. Uttar Pradesh was the worst hit with 64 deaths, with Agra alone reporting  43 deaths.  In Rajasthan, the powerful dust storm resulted in 31 deaths. Two deaths were reported from Madhya PradeshMore than three dozen persons have also been injured in the storm and the lightning that struck UP on Wednesday night. A total of 156 cattle died in different districts. Agra being the worst hit with 43 deaths, and injuries to 35 others. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who is campaigning for the BJP in Karnataka, has directed officials to ensure rescue and relief operations in the storm hit districts of Agra, Bijnore, Bareilly, Saharanpur, Pilibhit, Firozabad, Chitrakoot, Muzaffarnagar, Rae Bareli and Unnao.Yogi also announced Rs 4 lakh compensation to the families of the deceased and Rs 50,000 each for the injured.Meanwhile,  the powerful dust storm hit Rajasthan's Alwar, Dholpur and Bharatpur districts, killing 31 people and injuring another 100, officials said. The storm, which lashed at a speed of 100 km per hour on Wednesday night, uprooted trees, severed telephone, power and water supply links and brought down houses. State Disaster Management Minister Gulabchand Kataria called an emergency meeting here and confirmed that 16 persons were killed in Bharatpur, 10 in Dhaulpur and five in Alwar.For the first time in the state, a storm has been included under the category of natural disaster and funds to the tune of Rs 2.5 crore have been sanctioned for each district, Kataria said.The exact level of damage in Alwar, Jhunjhunu and Bikaner was yet to be confirmed, said officials.Bharatpur's Additional District Magistrate O.P. Jain told IANS: "We are making all efforts to ensure that the injured are given medical aid."We have prioritized restoration work so that drinking water and electricity get restored."Dhaulpur Additional District Magistrate Harphool Yadav said 10 people in the district have lost their lives. "Quick response teams have been deployed since last night."A senior official in Alwar told IANS that rescuers were still trying to reach out to people to know the exact level of damage. As phone connections have been severed, it is difficult to contact the interiors.Yadav said that some 200 people were stuck in village Lebdapura Basedi after their houses were gutted in a fire.Several electrical poles came down, disrupting power supply. The falling trees and electric poles caused the maximum accidents, leaving almost 100 people injured, Yadav said.Both Bharatpur and Alwar were without power through the night.Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje Scindia tweeted to officers on Thursday to help the injured."Distressed after storm in Alwar, Bharatpur and Dholpur. I have asked the district authorities to ensure every possible help to treat all the injured. My condolences to families of those who have lost their lives."Former Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot put his birthday celebrations on hold Thursday in the wake of the disaster.The Met department said the storm condition would continue till Saturday. It would be stormy in Jhunjhunu, Jaipur and Sikar on Thursday.Rain and dust storm also resulted in widespread damages in Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab and Uttarakhand.

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