Over 100 dead, monuments including Taj damaged as superstorms rage across Rajasthan, UP, 72 hour alert sounded

Dust storms to again strike UP, Rajasthan on Monday, predicts IMD

Days after more than 100 people lost their lives to dust storms and lightning strikes in parts of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Friday issued a warning that fresh thunderstorms might strike several parts of India between May 5 and 7.

The severe dust storm and thunder showers that hit parts of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan left a trail of destruction. Houses collapsed and trees and poles were uprooted in the storm that also led to power outages.

In Uttar Pradesh, the high-intensity dust storm left 73 people dead and 91 injured.

In Rajasthan, 36 were killed, taking the combined death toll to 109. About 100 people were injured as winds over 100 kmph hit the region around 7 pm on Wednesday.

A separate ward has been opened there and a dedicated team of doctors has been deputed.

Agra has witnessed two devastating storms in 20 days. More than 1,400 villages continue to remain without power supply, an official said.

Trains were still running late. Historical buildings, including the Taj Mahal have suffered extensive damages. Two wooden doors of the Taj minarets have been damaged and several trees in the mausoleum were uprooted.

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