Global

Disastrous Sand Storms Killed almost 100 People in India

Disastrous Sand Storms Killed almost 100 People in India

As many as 70 people were killed in UP and 83 injured, while in Rajasthan 38 died and another 100 were injured in the storm that hit the region around 7 pm.

Disaster response commissioner Sanjay Kumar said the devastation is particularly strong in the northern Indian city of Agra, where the marble mausoleum Taj Mahal is located. In Rajasthan, 39 people were killed while Telangana reported seven deaths, Uttarakhand four, and Jharkhand and Punjab two each.

Standing mango crop in several orchards around Uttar Pradesh's main growing belt of Saharanpur, Pilibhit, Muzzaffarnagar, Bareli, Rampur and Sitapur along with wheat in few pockets was damaged in massive dust storm that whipped through the state on Wednesday night.

Officials said the deaths were likely to be due to vulnerability of structures such as poorly constructed houses or inadequate precautions by people exposed to the storms.

The storms damaged Houses after trees fell on them and uprooted electricity facilities.

The dust storm was followed by heavy rainfall of as much as 48.2mm within less than three hours on Wednesday evening.

At least 100 people have been killed and scores more injured in fierce dust storms that hit the northern Indian states of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. Media reports said more than 20 people were found dead in the village of Kheragarh southwest of Agra.

Another 10 people were killed as heavy rains lashed Telangana and Andhra Pradesh on Thursday, officials said. Adequate and immediate measures would be taken to bring relief to the affected people, said the authorities.

Ty Cobb out as White House lawyer
Daniels is a porn star who claimed to have had an affair with Trump 10 years ago. "But the gloves may be coming off". Now, the White House is anticipating a possible legal showdown over a presidential interview.

Another 36 people died in Rajasthan's eastern districts of Alwar, Dholpur and Bharatpur, according to the Rajasthan government's Disaster Management Department. Nine people died in Alwar and eight in Dholpur, officials said. T Ravi Kant, the district divisional commissioner, explained to CNN, "Most of the deaths occurred after walls and roofs of houses collapsed in the middle of the night".

A dust storm envelops the city in New Delhi after a powerful rain storm swept parts of north and western India.

Charan Singh, a scientist at India Meteorological department, said winds of 132 kph hit Agra while even in the capital Delhi there were gusts of 59 kph.

Power discoms have launched action on a war-footing to restore electricity supply in the affected areas, while the administration has ordered a survey of damaged properties.

"We have similar weather warnings for next two days", Mr Chandravadan said.

Vasundhara Raje, the chief minister of Rajasthan, condoled the deaths and she writes in a series of tweets that she has directed ministers and officials in the affected areas to start the relief work very soon.

The Uttar Pradesh government has also announced that families of the dead will receive 400,000 rupees ($6,000; £4,400) as compensation.


  • Rafael Nadal claims 11th Barcelona Open title

    Rafael Nadal claims 11th Barcelona Open title

    I'm just enjoying every week and the fact I'm playing in a tournament that I enjoy so much means a lot to me. Speaking after his win yesterday, Nadal said: "I'm very happy for the victory against a very hard opponent".
    Jackson unlikely to return as Trump doctor

    Jackson unlikely to return as Trump doctor

    Trump recognized Jackson's lack of experience during a press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday. White House sources who continue to defend Ronny Jackson say that the issues between the Pences' doctor and Dr.
    Fact-checking Trump's Mueller probe tweets

    Fact-checking Trump's Mueller probe tweets

    Mr Manafort also reportedly offered to give a government-connected Russian billionaire a briefing about the campaign in July 2016. Trump incorrectly claimed there were no questions on the list about collusion, which he dismissed as "a made up, phony crime".
  • Giuliani says 3 Americans held by North Korea to be released Thursday

    Giuliani says 3 Americans held by North Korea to be released Thursday

    North Korea also freed USA citizens during visits by former Presidents Bill Clinton, in 2009 and Jimmy Carter, in 2010. The former Virginia resident was sentenced to 10 years in prison with hard labor after being convicted of espionage.
    Stephen Curry Expected To Play In Game 2

    Stephen Curry Expected To Play In Game 2

    All the hype behind the Pelicans came to a screeching halt when the Warriors sonned them in Game 1 without Stephen Curry . Pelicans: The Pelicans' 126-120 win April 7 in Oakland snapped a 10-game losing streak to the Warriors.
    Tottenham player ratings in 2-0 victory over Watford

    Tottenham player ratings in 2-0 victory over Watford

    He added: " Watford played well, they created some chances - great chances - and I think Hugo Lloris was fantastic". He gave Kevin De Bruyne his player of the season award and Wayne Rooney grabbed the goal of the season accolade.
  • Warm, sunny Bank Holiday weekend forecast for North East

    Warm, sunny Bank Holiday weekend forecast for North East

    However, it could prove misty around coasts in the south and the west, according to the Met Office. There will be a few wet days to stomach in between if the forecast is accurate.
    USA  dollar off day's highs, Treasury yields fall after Fed statement

    USA dollar off day's highs, Treasury yields fall after Fed statement

    The decision to maintain the federal funds target range at 1.5 per cent to 1.75 per cent was a unanimous 8-0. The Fed made its announcement Wednesday, following a two-day meeting of its Federal Open Market Committee.
    With Trump's deadline looming, Canada waits for news on steel tariffs

    With Trump's deadline looming, Canada waits for news on steel tariffs

    South Korea was given an indefinite exemption in return for a 30% cut in its steel exports to the US. Merkel said Europe was "resolved to defend its interests within the multilateral trade framework".
  • Xiaomi files for landmark Hong Kong IPO

    Xiaomi files for landmark Hong Kong IPO

    Xiaomi did disclose its latest financial results, showing revenues rose 67.5 percent previous year to CNY 114.6 billion. The numbers underscore how Xiaomi has remained resilient even as the global smartphone market has slowed.
    Hero pilot who landed Southwest plane visits the White House

    Hero pilot who landed Southwest plane visits the White House

    Shultz was one of the first female fighter pilot in Navy history and has also said flying is her way of witnessing God firsthand. Tammie Jo Shults, has earned for helping prevent a far worse outcome, saying she did an "incredible job".
    Facebook to launch dating feature amid privacy questions

    Facebook to launch dating feature amid privacy questions

    A Facebook dating service makes flawless sense; in fact, it's a wonder that it hasn't happened sooner. The big news of the morning was that Facebook is adding dating to the Facebook app.