NEW DELHI — Dust storms that tore across northern India has killed at least 77 people and left 143 injured as trees and walls were brought down by powerful winds, officials said Thursday.
The overnight storm ravaged Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan states and the death toll was expected to rise, officials said. There were 46 confirmed deaths in Uttar Pradesh in the north and 31 in Rajasthan to the west. Most of the victims were hit by falling walls and trees.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, twitted he was “saddened by the loss of lives due to dust storms in various parts of India. Condolences to the bereaved families. May the injured recover soon.”
Saddened by the loss of lives due to dust storms in various parts of India. Condolences to the bereaved families. May the injured recover soon.
Have asked officials to coordinate with the respective state governments and work towards assisting those who have been affected: PM
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) May 3, 2018
The Agra district of Uttar Pradesh, home to the Taj Mahal monument, was one of the worst hit, according to media reports.
Power supply and train traffic were affected after the trees were uprooted and walls collapsed because of the high-speed winds.
The storms uprooted trees and electricity poles in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday night,according to the Hindustan Times.
Officials said trees and walls were brought down during the overnight storm, and the death toll may rise.
Rajasthan’s chief minister Vasundhara Raje tweeted: “Have directed Ministers and concerned officials to affected areas to begin relief work immediately and restore utilities. An unfortunate incident, we have been working closely with local authorities to mitigate the situation.”Follow @gorkhapost
Bijaya Dashami today
KATHMANDU- Today, Hindus across the country are observing Bijaya Dashami today.
The 10th day of Bada Dashain is celebrated all over the country with great enthusiasm by receiving ‘tika’ and ‘jamara’ and blessings from elders.
Although the auspicious hour or the Mul Sait for receiving ‘Devi Prasad’ has been fixed at 9:51 am, the entire day after the immersion of the Goddess is auspicious for that purpose.
The worship of Durga Bhawani at Dashainghars over nine days concludes formally on the day of Bijaya Dashami after the Abhishek or sprinkling of holy water takes place marking the beginning of tika.
People receive tika and jamara till the full moon day. Tika and jamara are considered the auspicious blessings of the goddess Nava Durga and they signify prosperity.
It is believed that one need not seek an auspicious hour if one undertakes any new assignment, campaign or journey on the auspicious day of Bijaya Dashami.
The Vijaya Dashami festival is celebrated in commemoration of the victory of truth over evil and the victory of divine forces over demonic forces.