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7 killed in Rajasthan dust storm

Dust storm

Bikaner/Jaipur: Seven persons, including a minor girl and a woman, were today killed and 11 others injured after a strong dust storm hit parts of Rajasthan.

The storm damaged many houses in rural areas of Bikaner and Bharatpur while many trees were uprooted and traffic was badly affected, police said.

Five persons were killed and four injured in villages of Bharatpur while two were killed and seven injured in Bikaner this evening.

The storm with high velocity winds was generated due to pressure gradient force over Bikaner region and soon advanced to Jodhpur, Nagaur, Jaipur, Alwar, Bharatpur and nearby areas, according to MeT department in Jaipur.

“Traffic was affected in those areas and there were reports of some trees being uprooted in Bikaner, Jaipur and Bharatpur,” the state police control room said.

Of the five persons who were killed in Bharatpur, three died when walls collapsed on them.

Kedar and Udai Singh were sitting near the boundary wall of a house in Nagar area when the wall collapsed due to strong winds, killing them on the spot, police said.

Labourer Ravi Kumar was killed and two others were injured when a pillar of an under-construction building collapsed in Bharatpur’s Sewar area.

A woman, who was grazing her cattle on a pasture land, died when a tin shed hit her throat.

The tin shed was of a cremation ground along the pasture land, the police said.

In Khemra village of Bharatpur, Raghuveer Jat was killed and two others were injured, they said.

In Bikaner, a 14-year-old girl was killed in Shitla gate area after being hit by a tin shed, which had blown apart. In Nal area, a wall collapsed killing one labourer and injuring seven others.

Several houses in rural areas have been damaged due to the storm, police said.

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