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Massive Dust Storm Kills 36 In Rajasthan And 45 In Uttar Pradesh, 138 Injured

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| May 3 , 2018 , 15:24 IST

At least 36 people have been killed and 100 others injured in different parts of Rajasthan after a high-speed dust storm wrecked havoc in the state on Wednesday night, uprooting trees and felling electricity polls. The storm also resulted in the death of 45 people in Uttar Pradesh, with 38 injured. 

Deaths were reported from the districts of Bharatpur, Alwar, Dholpur, Jhunjhunu and Bikaner, with more than 100 trees getting uprooted in Alwar itself. The State Disaster Relief Force was rushed into action in the affected districts.

Deaths in Uttar Pradesh were reported from the districts of Agra, Bijnore, Saharanpur and Bareilly, state government officials said.

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Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje in a series of tweets said that ministers have been directed to monitor relief work in the affected districts.

"Have directed Ministers and concerned officials to affected areas to begin relief work immediately and restore utilities. An unfortunate incident, we have been working closely with local authorities to mitigate the situation," the Rajasthan CM tweeted.

"Shri Gulabchand Kataria ji shall be monitoring situation at Alwar, Shri Arun Chaturvedi ji in Dholpur; Shri Kalicharan Saraf in Bharatpur & Shri Surendrapal Singh ji in Jhunjhunu. The Govt. stands firmly with its people in this time," she added.

Meanwhile, Former Rajasthan Chief Minister and AICC general secretary Ashok Gehlot cancelled his birthday celebrations that were to take place on Thursday out of respect for the deceased.

“Very sad to know about 22 people have died and over 100 injured due to dust storms and strong winds in Rajasthan. We are extremely grieved at the loss of lives in state and stand with the victims in this hour of tragedy… I cancel all the celebration programs at my residence on today’s occasion. Blood donation camps and Janhit programs can be continued by the organisers,” Gehlot tweeted.