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17 killed, 11 injured as dust storm hits Uttar Pradesh

Moradabad bore the brunt of the storm, with as many as seven deaths reported from the district, followed by three deaths from Sambhal

Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh was hit by another deadly dust storm that claimed 17 lives and left 11 persons injured on Friday evening. A UP government spokesperson today said that most of the deaths were caused due to the falling of trees and house collapse.

Moradabad bore the brunt of the storm, with as many as seven deaths reported from the district, followed by three deaths from Sambhal, the State government spokesman said.

Two deaths were reported each from Muzaffarnagar and Meerut, while one death was reported from Amroha.

Four persons were injured in Amroha, three in Moradabad and two in Muzaffarnagar, the spokesperson said.

On 29 May nine persons were killed and six others injured in incidents of thunderstorm and lightning in some parts of Uttar Pradesh. As many as five persons were killed and four others injured as lightning struck some parts of Unnao district. There were also reports of two persons each being killed in the thunderstorm in Kanpur and Rae Bareli.

Earlier on 13 May, 39 people died in various districts including Bareilly, Barabanki, Bulandshahr and Lakhimpur Khiri districts. On 9 May, a severe storm left 18 dead and 27 others injured. Five people died in Etawah district, three each in Mathura, Aligarh and Agra, two in Firozabad and one each in Hathras and Kanpur Dehat.

Thunderstorms and lightning on 2 and 3 May left 80 dead in the State, most of them in Agra district in the western part of the State.

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