Over 20 people perish in dust storms in UP

On May 18, as many as 22 people, including eight members of a marriage party, were killed in dust storms and thunderstorms.

Eleven people, including four children, were killed in Lakhimpur district in incidents of house collapse and uprooting of trees during dust storm which hit the state 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 dust storm, the ADM said.

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

He said that while 11 people were killed in Tilhar teshil, three deaths were reported from Puwayan and two from Sadar tehsil.

The ADM said that financial assistance of Rs one lakh each would be given to kin of those killed in dust storm. The dust storm uprooted trees at several places in the state and disrupted power supply at many places.

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