Jaipur: A four-hour-long storm with very strong winds and heavy rain claimed 42 lives and left a trail of destruction in west Uttar Pradesh and east Rajasthan on Wednesday night.
Most of the dead, which included many children, were victims of house collapses as the storm swept through UP’s Agra, Mathura and Firozabad districts before lashing Bharatpur and Dholpur in Rajasthan. “Most of the deaths were due to walls of houses coming down. At many places, the victims were asleep,” said a senior officer. At least 200 people were injured and around 600 electricity poles came down.
Fourteen people died in Agra, while four each were killed in Mathura and Firozabad. Seven of them were kids. In Rajasthan, 14 people, including five children, were killed in Dholpur and six in Bharatpur district.
In Mathura district, three siblings died after the tin roof of their one-room house collapsed in Jhuravi village. According to police, the victims’ parents, who work as daily wage labourers, were not at home when incident took place.