Death Toll From Severe Storm In UP, Rajasthan Reaches 42

| April 13 , 2018 , 11:36 IST

A four-hour long storm with strong winds and heavy rains claimed 42 lives and forced several others to evacuate from their homes in western Uttar Pradesh and eastern Rajasthan on Wednesday night. 

Most deaths occurred due to walls collapsing and short circuits as the storm swept through UP’s Agra, Mathura and Firozabad districts before lashing Bharatpur and Dholpur in Rajasthan.

As per reports, more than 200 people were injured and around 600 electricity poles came down.

Fourteen people died in Agra, while four each were killed in Mathura and Firozabad. In Rajasthan, a total of 7 people died in Dholpur, while 5 others died in Bharatpur.

Due to snapped power lines and waterlogging, train traffic was also affected by the Agra-Dholpur line. 

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The rooftop of Agra’s UP dial 100 control room fell off in the storm, injuring one cop and damaging communication lines.

Devendar Pal Singh, in-charge of UP dial 100, said to TOI, “The team is working to restore the communication channel so as to reconnect with our Lucknow headquarters. This was one of the worst storms in which several lives were lost and property worth several crores was destroyed.” 

Heavy rainfall also damaged ripe wheat and other rabi crops in northern states of  Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, where the crops were ready for harvest.