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.
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.
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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.
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