New Delhi Correspondent
At least 20 people perished as unseasonal rain and dust storm hit several parts of Indian states of Gujarat and Rajasthan on Tuesday, officials said on Wednesday.
While ten people were killed in Gujarat, an equal number died in adjacent Rajasthan as rain and dust storm were reported from several areas of the two states, they said.
“According to preliminary reports coming from different parts of the Gujarat, at least 10 people have lost their lives,” G B Manglpara, Gujarat government’s Director (Relief), said adding most of the deaths were reported in North Gujarat due to lightning strike and falling of trees.
In Rajasthan, four persons, including two children, died in lightning and wall collapse in Jhalawar district and as many in Jaipur while one person each died in Baran and Udaipur, Relief Secretary, Ashutosh A T Pednekar, said. There are 3-4 more deaths and we are confirming whether they are related to rains, he said.
Gusty winds accompanied with rains affected normal life in Rajasthan uprooting several trees and electric poles due to high velocity winds of nearly 60 kmph.
The weather turned rough due to western disturbance and winds with moisture from the Arabian sea and the Bay of Bengal.