At least 116 dead as storms batter India

04 May, 2018, 10:49 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
  • Rajasthan_Dust_Storm

The most affected by the elements are the states of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, where the victims are 46 and 31 respectively, according to officials of the disaster response authorities in India.

"With temperatures expected to rise again and continuous incursion of moisture, Rajasthan will see more thunderstorms and dust storms", said an IMD official.

As reported by AFP, at least 111 people died in the States of Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Punjab.

He said that in Jhunjhunu, deaths were reported but it has not been ascertained as to whether they died due to the storm.

Almost 200 others were injured as a massive dust storm last night, followed by thundershowers, snapped power lines and sent tin roofs and street hoardings flying in parts of eastern Rajasthan and the adjoining areas of Uttar Pradesh. Since the 1950s, dust storms have increased 10-fold, presumably due to human toll on the earth.

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

Cavs Players And Rapper Drake Exchange Angry Words During NBA Playoff Game
What's he going to do?" On Tuesday, he got into his usual casual courtside seat where he got into an altercation with Kendrick Perkins of the Cavs.

In past years, fatalities from the dust storms rarely caused more than a dozen fatalities.

Fierce winds and lightning strikes created by a powerful dust storm have killed about 110 people and injured hundreds more in northwestern India since late Wednesday, according to local authorities. "All district magistrates have been issued directions in this regard", Sanjay Kumar, Relief Commissioner, told the media.

Officials added that most of the deaths were caused by house collapses and uprooted trees.

Hemant Kumar Gera, Secretary, Disaster Management and Relief, said contigency funds have been released to the respective district administration.

The Met office has, meanwhile, warned of more thunderstorms accompanied by gusty winds in districts like Gorakhpur, Ballia, Mau, Ghazipur, Ambedkar Nagar, SK Nagar, Basti, Kushinagar, Mahrajganj, Siddharthnagar, Gonda, Balrampur, Aligarh, Etah, Bijnore, Baghpat etc.

There were 19 deaths in Bharatpur, nine in Alwar and eight in Dholpur.

The 'Special Category Status' Ruckus between YSCP and TDP
But he gave only Rs 1,500 crores to Amaravati while Rs 2,500 crore is given to build a statue of Sardar Patel statue in Gujarat. On March 16, the ruling TDP reached a deadlock with BJP over this issue and ultimately quit the NDA coalition.

On Thursday, officials said the high number of casualties was probably because people were asleep in their homes when the storm struck.

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.

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

"Condolences to the bereaved families", he tweeted. Officials said power was being gradually restored.

Expressing sorrow at the loss of lives, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday directed officials to coordinate with the States to ensure speedy relief and rehabilitation of those affected.

$199 Oculus Go VR headset goes on sale today
The hardware is the company's first standalone headset and has launched with more than 1,000 apps, games and experiences. Oculus Go is available for purchase on Oculus's website and via retailers including Amazon , Best Buy , and Newegg .



U.S. envoy cites importance of naval ship visits in SEA
US news network CNBC reported on Wednesday that China had installed anti-ship cruise missiles and surface-to-air missile systems on three outposts in the South China Sea.

Ex-VW CEO Winterkorn Charged by USA in Diesel-Cheating Case
Volkswagen had initially suggested that only lower-level executives knew of the diesel emissions cheating. Department of Justice says Winterkorn has been charged with four counts of violating federal law.

Mets lose deGrom, fall to sizzling Braves
It felt like one of those games, on the road, that the Atlanta Braves would blow late, and then lose in extra innings. Deep down, they know, like all their teams, the Braves will probably end up breaking their hearts at some point.

Tornado warnings in place for Kansas counties southwest of Kansas City
Thunderstorms and the threat of severe weather are set to return for some parts of the ArkLaTex over the next couple of days. Another round of rain and thunderstorms will pass through during the overnight period and Friday morning.

Apple revenue up as iPhone X continues to ring up sales
The majority of those sales stems from its iPhones, of which the company reportedly sold 52.2 million units in the second quarter. The company is the world's second largest smartphone manufacturer behind Samsung and with a clear lead over third-placed Huawei.

Amazon Boston Expansion: Does This Mean New HQ Will Be in Boston?
On Monday, Amazon announced plans for a new 416,000-square-foot office in Vancouver, B.C. The new positions will focus on ecommerce, cloud computing, and machine learning.

Iran Blasts 'Unholy Partnership' Between US and Saudi Arabia
Pompeo met earlier with Saudi King Salman for about 15 minutes before heading directly to Israel, Iran's arch-enemy, for talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Louis Tomlinson proud to share name with Prince Louis
A zoo spokeswoman said the camel was simply Louis , though some were already calling the camel " Prince Louis ". Linda Robson also joked on Friday's Loose Women that the royals had asked her permission to copy her baby name.

Pens-Caps: A familiar adversary in an exciting series
No penalty was called on the play and the Penguins have yet to announce Dumoulin's status for Game 3 on Tuesday in Pittsburgh . Not only has Pittsburgh started slow, starting goaltender Matt Murray has looked unsettled early in the first two games.

Trump says he likes idea of meeting Kim on inter-Korean border
The two leaders spoke about the need for peace between their nations and pledged a "complete denuclearization" of the peninsula. The Trump administration has led a global effort to impose ever stricter sanctions on North Korea.