The dust storm has killed seventeen people in Uttar Pradesh alone during a recent spell of it from Muzaffarnagar to Amroha-Moradabad, an official source revealed. It is claimed that the casualties were caused by falling off trees and incidents of house collapse.
A flurry of dust storm is said to be a phenomenon common in arid and semi-arid regions. Such storms are created when a gust front some strong wind blows away scattered and deposited sand along with dirt from a dry surface. Tiny Particles in large quantity are transported by during a natural process that moves soil from one place and deposits it in another.
Moradabad was said to be the most hit place, where seven deaths were reported. Three persons from Sambhal had been found to succumb to the injuries in the melee. Two persons were found dead from Muzaffarnagar and Meerut, whereas one was spotted dead from Amroha.
Moreover, four persons got injuries from the aftermath of a storm in Amroha, three in Moradabad and two in Muzaffarnagar, it is said.
India Meteorological Department had already issued a warning of a heavy storm with strong winds and rain in western parts of Uttar Pradesh. Thunderstorm and dust storm along with a strong spell of winds are likely at isolated places in a dozen of districts of the state over the next two days, the IMD warned. The districts of Banda, Chitrakoot and Fatehpur could be the most affected ones. The other will be Hardoi, Shahjahanpur, Pilibhit, Bareilly, Rampur, Moradabad, Meerut, Bijnore, Muzaffarnagar and Saharanpur. Quite a considerable rain has also been predicted in parts of the State.
It is to be seen that the warning was issued two days after a huge spell of a storm has already claimed more than 30 lives in different states across the country including Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand.
Three major dust storms had already been experienced in the State of UP during this season, which has left over 130 people dead. These were on May 13, May 9, and May 2.