Uttar Pradesh: More than 40 killed in dust storm

More than 40 people were on Saturday killed and several others injured in different parts of Uttar Pradesh as dust storm, accompanied by high velocity wind and rains, hit several districts of Uttar Pradesh, officials said here.

Updated: May 21, 2011, 19:05 PM IST

Lucknow: More than 40 people were on Saturday
killed and several others injured in different parts of Uttar
Pradesh as dust storm, accompanied by high velocity wind and
rains, hit several districts of Uttar Pradesh, officials said
here.

Eleven people, including four children, were killed in
Lakhimpur district in incidents of house collapse and
uprooting of trees during dust storm this morning, Additional
District Magistrate Tulsi Ram said.
He said while four persons each were killed in Lakhimpur
and Gola tehsil, two deaths were reported from Mohammadi and
one from Dharaura.

In Gola, a couple was killed when their hut collapsed
during the storm, the ADM said.

In Shahjahanpur district, 16 people were killed in dust
storm related incidents, ADM Rama Shanker Maurya said.

He said 11 people were killed in Tilhar teshil, three in
Puwayan and two in Sadar tehsil.

The ADM said financial assistance of Rs one lakh each
would be given to the next of kin of those killed.

A stationary coach of a passenger train got derailed
at Shahjahanpur railway station after being dragged on the
track for several metres by high velocity wind, sources said.
Police said eight persons were killed due to uprooting
of trees and house collapse in Badaun district.

In Simbhawali area in Ghaziabad district three members
of a family were killed when a high tension wire fell on them
during the duststorm, they said.

On May 18, 22 people, including eight members of a
marriage party, were killed in dust storm and thunderstorm.

In Azamgarh, Dharmendra alias Bholu (10) was killed
and his brother Govinda seriously injured when a tree fell on
them in Mitrasenpur village this morning, police said.

Six persons were injured in Ambedkar Nagar disrict
after being hit by lightning in Bankata Bujurg village, they
said.

The dust storm uprooted trees at several places in the
state and disrupted power supply at many places.

Met department said rain/thundershowers would occur at
many places in western UP and at isolated places in eastern UP
and warned of thunder squalls/hails in the next 48 hours.

PTI