Powerful dust and rain storm kills 14 people in northern India


A powerful dust and rain storm destroyed homes and downed power lines in northern India, killing at least 14 people, an official said May 10, 2018. A week earlier another unseasonable storm caused deaths and destruction in the same region.

The storm with of up to 100 kilometers (62 miles) per hour swept western parts of Uttar Pradesh state on the night of May 9, toppling trees and demolishing numerous mud and brick homes, Avanish Awasthi, a state government official said, according to AP. Uprooted electric poles and downed wires caused several villages and towns to plunge into darkness. In addition to 14 deaths, the storms left 25 people were injured.

The storm also hit New Delhi and parts of northern Himachal Pradesh and western Rajasthan states, but with weaker winds and no immediate reports of casualties. The India Meteorological Department said the stormy conditions were subsiding in northern India.

On the night of May 9, four people died in Etawah district, three each in Mathura and Aligarh districts and one each in Agra, Aligarh, Kanpur and Firozabad towns in Uttar Pradesh state, Ujjawal Kumar, another state government official said.

A similar powerful dust storm and thundershowers a week ago left more than 127 people dead and another 200 injured in five Indian states. Seventy-three of them died in the worst-hit northern Uttar Pradesh state alone, AP told.

The monsoon season is nearly six weeks away in India.

N. N. Srivastava, another Uttar Pradesh state official, said the storms have affected the lives of more than 100 million residents who also lost cattle and crops. Schools and colleges were closed in several districts, he said.

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  1. Dust storm followed by gusty winds and rain on 13 May , 2018 lashed north India reaching out to some States in Southern India , killing 41 and causing widespread destruction , a reminiscent of something , more or less , similar to that happened on 9 May 2018 across the northern India. These happenings are one of following alerts of this Vedic astrology writer issued in April , on 8 May and after in present year 2018 for more care and appropriate strategy :-
    (1) The ongoing planetary impacts for India suggest a need for more care and appropriate strategy against weather vagaries or weather extremities by way of dust storms , thunder storm , lightening , hails , landslides etc during 8 May to 6 June , more so from 8 May to 25 May , in the present year 2018.
    (2) It may be correct to be on guard against fire sensitive substances or fire during the aforesaid period of time.
    (3) It may also be apt to take more care and appropriate strategy against likely quake jolts during the said period and while driving on road or rail.
    (4) Health concerns relating to head , stomach , eyes , causing headache , body ache , fever , indigestion , weakening of general physical stamina or weakening of immunity system in the body. It may be apt to have a controlled or systematized diet which easily digests, enough pure or filtered water , fresh vegetables and seasonal fruits , and if there is no objection from medical pint of view , take small quantity of river or sea fish with intervals , say weekly.
    (5) 16 and 17 May in present year 2018 may also call for more care and appropriate strategy against any of aforesaid.
    (6) Political , Judiciary , religion , what is right and what is wrong themes , could be in focus for heightened discussion and analysis during said time.
    (7) Northern States like HP , J&K , Uttarakhand , Chandigarh , Punjab , Haryana , Delhi-NCR , UP , Rajasthan , some parts of Bihar , north –east States of Meghalaya , Manipur , Mizoram , Arunachal Pradesh and could even touch reach out to some southern States.
    (8) Having said that , these are indications of likely trends , quatum and size of which can be reasonably figured out imaginatively only while more care and appropriate strategy has weight to cope up wholly or substantially. So these alerts need not be construed to be alarm for panic.

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