At least 15 persons lost their lives, while 9 were injured in a dust storm that swept various parts of Uttar Pradesh last evening. A UP government spokesperson today said that most of the deaths were caused due to the falling of trees and house collapse.
Moradabad bore the brunt of the storm, with as many as 7 deaths reported from the district, followed by 3 deaths from Sambhal, the state government spokesperson said. 2 deaths were reported each from Muzaffarnagar and Meerut, while one death was reported from Amroha, he said.
4 persons were injured in Amroha, 3 in Moradabad and 2 in Muzaffarnagar. The state government has directed All district magistrates to distribute relief within 24 hours.