At least 109 people have been killed and scores more injured in fierce dust storms that hit the northern Indian states of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.
The storms on Wednesday disrupted electricity, uprooted trees, destroyed houses and killed livestock.
Many of the dead were sleeping when their houses collapsed after being struck by intense bursts of lightning.
Dust storms are common in this part of India during summer but loss of life on this scale is unusual. At least 73 people died in Uttar Pradesh – more than half of them of them in Agra district, which is home to the Taj Mahal monument.
Officials say the death toll could increase further. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was saddened by the loss of lives…
Source – BBC