Scores dead as high-intensity squall hits Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan

LIVE UPDATES At least 72 people killed in deadly dust storm UP Rajasthan badly affected

At least 74 people were killed and dozens were injured as a result of strong dust storms and severe weather conditions in the North of India, reports the BBC.

Winds of more than 130 kilometres (80 miles) per hour ravaged parts of northern Uttar Pradesh and western Rajasthan states late Wednesday.

Dust storm in Rajasthan's Alwar, Dholpur and Bharatpur districts, killed 31 people and injured another 100, officials said.

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Several electrical poles came down, disrupting power supply.

The Regional Met office has warned of a second spell of dust storm in many districts of Uttar Pradesh, following which an alert has been sounded by the government.

"Chief Secretary Rajive Kumar has spoken to Commissioner Agra division and directed him that relief be distributed by the evening and senior officers visit the injured in hospitals", Principal Secretary, Information, Avanish Awasthi said.

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Deaths were reported from the districts of Bharatpur, Alwar, Dholpur, Jhunjhunu and Bikaner, with more than 100 trees getting uprooted in Alwar itself.

In a deadly dust storm, which hit the northern and western parts of India on Wednesday has left at least 72 people dead and 130 injured.

Hemant Gera, head of Rajasthan's Disaster Management and Relief Department said emergency services are on alert and that people should not sleep outdoors.

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Bharatpur suffered the maximum damage in Rajasthan in terms of loss to life as 12 people were killed in the district. Condolences to the bereaved families. Officials said it could take more than two days to restore power. Families of those who died will get Rs 4 lakh as ex gratia compensation, while those injured will get Rs 60,000 or Rs 2 lakh depending on the extent of injury. Bijnore, Saharanpur and Bareilly are the other badly affected districts of UP. "Blood donation camps and Janhit programs can be continued by the organisers", Gehlot tweeted.

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