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India dust storms: More than 125 killed as storms continue

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India dust storms
Weather   High-speed winds and lightning

At least 125 people are now reported to have died in fierce dust storms in northern India, with officials warning of more bad weather to come.

High-speed winds and lightning devastated many villages, bringing down walls and leaving dozens injured.

An Uttar Pradesh relief commissioner's office spokesperson told AFP news agency the death toll was the highest from such storms in at least 20 years.

Officials have said the death toll could rise as more bodies are found.

Wind speeds were around 132 km/h accompanied by hail storms and heavy lightning, officials said.

India's Meteorological Department said more storms were likely across a wider area before the weekend.

Villagers in Badhera, in the worst affected district of Agra in Uttar Pradesh, said they had had absolutely no warning of the storm that devastated their homes.

This is despite senior police officials saying that an alert was issued across the northern state.

The storm killed three people in the village, while several others were taken to hospital with serious injuries.


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