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Nearly 100 Killed as ​Thunderstorms Lash ​P​arts of North India At least 94 people were reported killed after powerful rain and dust storms uprooted trees and flattened homes

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AT LEAST 94 people were killed and over 200 injured after powerful thunderstorms uprooted trees and flattened homes in parts of Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.

The toll was announced on Twitter by India’s disaster management authority.

The district of Agra in western Uttar Pradesh was badly hit but the famous Taj Mahal escaped damage. Powerlines were uprooted or damaged when trees fell on the wires or were hit by lightning.

Authorities say that the toll is likely to go up and around 150 animals have also perished in last night’s fury. People sleeping in their homes were killed when their homes collapsed. Some were killed by lightning and falling trees.

In Rajasthan, at least 32 people lost their lives due to the thunderstorm. Bharatpur, Alwar and Dholpur districts were the worst affected.

Dust storms and nor’westers are common in India during this season but such a high casualty figure is unusual. India’s weather department has issued thunderstorm warning for most states in North and East India.

India’s state and federal disaster response teams are helping with relief efforts on the ground and Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan state governments have announced speedy work to restore utilities.

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