27 killed as severe dust storm hits Uttar Pradesh

27 killed as severe dust storm hits Uttar Pradesh

At least 27 persons were killed and more than 30 injured in incidents of roofs collapse and uprooting of trees and poles after a severe dust storm hit several districts of Uttar Pradesh.

Ten persons were killed in Farukhabad, six including two children in Barabanki, three each in state capital Lucknow and Sitapur, two each in Hardoi and Jalaun and one in Faizabad last evening, officials said today.

The gusty winds, which were followed by showers, uprooted trees, electricity poles and hutments, causing severe damage to public and private property.

The Meteorological Department said that storm and rainfall were a result of western disturbance over Rajasthan.

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