Lucknow: According to the information given by the official, as many as 23 people lost their lives in the last 12 hours in Uttar Pradesh. The storm hit Etawah, Banda, Auriyya, Meerut, Kanpur rural, Kannauj, Farukkhabad and Orai districts.
Late on Sunday gusty winds, followed by dust storm had brought life to a standstill in many parts of the state. Many houses were razed to the ground, hoardings and trees uprooted and power outages reported from various cities and towns.
The relief commissioner’s office, although, has confirmed only 18 deaths besides two dozen injuries in Sunday’s dust storm. District officials have been asked by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to ensure prompt relief, a government spokesman said.
Due to the uprooting of trees, vehicular traffic on the busy G.T. road near Orai was disrupted for more than four hours. A woman standing under a tree in Kannauj was killed as it fell on her while two persons have been reported dead from Barabanki. Three deaths, including a child have been reported from Bulandshahr due to a wall collapse.