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Dust storms that tore across northern India killed at least 100 people and left 143 injured as trees and walls were brought down by powerful winds.

Deaths in Uttar Pradesh were reported from the districts of Agra, Bijnore, Saharanpur and Bareilly, state government officials said.

The Regional Met office has warned of a second spell of dust storm in many districts of Uttar Pradesh, following which an alert has been sounded by the government. "Callousness in relief work will not be tolerated", the CM said in his tweet.

"We have sought a detailed report from the affected districts", the Relief Commissioner said, adding that 160 cattleheads also perished in the calamity.

UP chief secretary Rajive Kumar has instructed Commissioner of Agra division that relief be distributed by evening and the injured be visited by senior officers at the hospitals, said UP Information Department principal secretary Awanish Awasthi.

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Over 100 people have been injured due to the dust storm, which was followed by thunder showers.

16 people were killed in Bharatpur, 10 in Dholpur, and five in Alwar.

This cloud cluster was continuously reinvigorated as it moved eastwards by available moisture travelling as far as eastern Uttar Pradesh wreaking havoc along the way in places such as Dholpur, Alwar and Dausa in Rajasthan, Agra in Uttar Pradesh.

Taking cognizance of the destruction, Chief minister Yogi Adityanath, who is on Karnataka campaign trail for next two day from today, directed the district magistrates of the four worst affected districts to carry out relief and rescue operations immediately.

A compensation of Rs 4 lakh to the family members of deceased and Rs 2 lakh for people sustaining 60 per cent injuries was announced by the authories. "It will take us at least two days to restore supply", said an engineer with the Alwar power company. "Blood donation camps and Janhit programs can be continued by organisers", he said.


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