Powerful Dust Storm In Rajasthan Kills 18

Eighteen people are reported to have died in Rajasthan last night after heavy dust storm swept through the eastern parts of the state. The dust storm hit Alwar, Dholpur and Bharatpur districts, snapping power connections and uprooting many trees.

The number of affected may increase.Alwar, 164 km from Delhi, has been without electricity since last night after electric poles were damaged by falling trees. Maximum damage was caused in Bharatpur district where 11 deaths have been reported.

Hospitals in Bharatpur and Dholpur were packed and patients were seen lying in the corridors as at least 100 people were injured in rain-related mishaps in these districts. Officials in both the districts have been asked to prepare a report on crop damage, damage to electricity cables and telephone lines.

Heavy rainfall also affected railway services after trees fell on the tracks.