At least 125 killed as storms batter India

Agra – A huge dust storm and lightning strikes killed at least 125 people across India which braced Thursday for more wild weather.

The weather was extreme, as dust clouds plunged many parts of north India into darkness, with choking winds of more than 130 kilometres (80 miles) per hour swept across the states of Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Punjab, flattening houses, walls, trees and power pylons.

tHe stimated figure is that 111 people have been killed, many died as they were sleeping, when the walls and roofs came tumbling down on them.

Disaster officials said, 14 people more people were killed in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh which was hammered by more than 41 000 lightning strikes on Wednesday.

Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan faced the worst from the dust storm, the dust storm was caused by a collision of two weather fronts , as India is in the grip of higher temperatures than normal.

Some districts reported 45 minutes of destructive winds followed by fierce lightning storms.

Such storms in India have occurred before which have killed many people each year but this has been one of the most severe in recent decades.

Shivam Lohia, who owns a resort hotel in Alwar district of Rajasthan, abandoned his car on the road and ran for his life after it was almost blown away.

Lohia told AFP, “I haven’t seen such a devastating storm in at least 25 years. Everyone was scared and running for cover as trees and homes were getting blown away. It¬†was a nightmare.”

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