Jaipur, May 3: A severe dust storm hit parts of North India on Wednesday evening, leaving several dead in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. At least 31 people were reported dead and over a 100 injured in the dust storm followed by thundershowers in parts of Rajasthan on the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday, said reports. In Uttar Pradesh, too, 45 people have reportedly died due to the dust storm. The dust storm hit Alwar, Dholpur and Bharatpur districts of Rajasthan, leading to houses collapsing and electricity poles and trees being uprooted. In UP, Agra was the most affected. Two people were also reported to have died in Madhya Pradesh.Also Read - CBSE 12th Results 2021: Labourer's Daughter From UP Scores 100% Marks in Exam, Aspires to Become IAS Officer
Sanjay Kumar, State Revenue and Relief Commissioner said, “40 to 50 people have been killed after a dust storm hit Uttar Pradesh yesterday. Agra most affected district. Reliefs will be given to the affected within 24 hours.” Also Read - 21 Differently-Abled Couples to Tie Knot at Mass Wedding in Udaipur, Will Endorse 'Say No To Dowry' Campaign
A detailed report of the disaster is awaited even as relief and rescue teams have been pressed into service, an official told PTI. Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje expressed grief over the calamity and said authorities have been directed to ensure help to victims. “Condolence for families who lost their loved ones,” she said on Twitter. She also named the ministers who have been asked to oversee relief work in Alwar, Dholpur, Bharatpur and Jhunjhunu districts in another tweet. She said, “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.” Also Read - How 18 Travellers Were Trapped by Death in Barabanki Accident
Congress National General Secretary Ashok Gehlot cancelled his birthday celebrations in Jaipur. “We are extremely grieved at the loss of lives in the state and stand with the victims in this hour of tragedy I cancel all celebrations at my residence today. Blood donation camps and Janhit programs can be continued by the organisers,” he said.