World Bulletin / News Desk
A few north Indian states Friday evening saw a severe dust storm, with many places reporting loss of human life.
“We have reports of 16 people dead due to the storm which started on Friday evening. The casualties are from various districts of the state. The Moradabad district reported the highest number of deaths -- seven.” T.P. Gupta, an official at the State’s Relief Commissioner Office in Lucknow, told Anadolu Agency.
He said at least 12 people were also injured in the storm.
Local media reported that most of the deaths in the state were due to houses collapsing and trees falling.
Mahesh Palawat, the head of private weather agency Skymet, told Anadolu News agency that the intensity of Friday’s dust storm was "severe" in some places. “In most places, there is no prediction of any similar dust storm in the days ahead,” he said.