Lucknow, 18 April-2014(Reuters/IANS/PTI): At least 27 people were killed and an unknown number injured by a dust storm last night that rocked several areas of northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, officials said today.
Winds of up to 75 kilometers per hour, damaged numerous buildings, which killed three people in the regional capital, Lucknow, two in Kasganj, eleven in Jalaun and two in Faizabad, the local agency IANS reported. All deaths occurred within about 200 miles, including a toddler, who died when one of the walls of their school collapsed on him.
The work of rescue teams began late Wednesday and continued today, according to sources. They said ten persons were killed in Farukhabad, six including two children in Barabanki, three each in state capital Lucknow and Sitapur, two each in Hardoi and Jalaun and one in Faizabad. The gutsy wind, which was followed by showers, uprooted trees, electricity poles and hutments, causing severe damage to public and private property last evening. The meteorological department said that storm and rainfall were results of western disturbance over Rajasthan, PTI reports.
Among the large audience damaged furniture stand about 500 billboards and trees falling on power lines caused only in Lucknow, the demolition of 60 light poles, which was cut in a million and a half households. In addition there were numerous delays in train services due to blockage of the train tracks by falling trees.