Dust storm wreaks havoc, claims two lives

JAIPUR/ALWAR/KOTA: Dust storm followed by rains hit various parts of the state leaving two persons dead on Tuesday afternoon. However, rains turned weather pleasant in Jaipur as it brought respite from scorching heat. Sikar’s Srimadhopur town received hails.

Jaipur sweltered at 41.2 degrees Celsius in the afternoon. When gusty winds followed by dark clouds surrounded the city in the evening, rain took over the city and provided much-needed respite from heat.

A 14-year-old Razia, resident of Tor of Dholpur district, died when a wall collapsed on her due to gusty winds. The storm uprooted trees, killed livestock and birds, disrupted electricity and destroyed houses.

The storm led to traffic congestion in different parts of the state especially on National Highway-3. The authorities rushed to the spot to clear the traffic congestion for smooth flow of traffic movement on the highway connecting Agra and Mumbai.

A tree uprooted due to storm fell on Rajakheda-Dholpur route causing traffic congestion for at least one hour. After a lot of efforts, administration managed to clear to traffic congestion. More than 24 trees uprooted on NH-3 blocked the highway at different places.

Houses were destroyed in eastern part of the state. One person died when a roof shed fallen on a person. In the incident, two others were injured. The incident happened in Kotputli near Power House.

In Bhilwara’s Vijay Singh Pathik Nagar, vehicles were damaged when a 300-feet long wall of a house collapse on them. Bharatpur too witnessed rain and dust storm. Seven goats died due dust storm related incident in Gangapur.

Hatodi region, also witnessed mild showers with gusty winds. Rains brought along with the respite from scorching heat in Kota, Bundi, Baran and Jhalawar.

Talera, Namana, Keshoraipatan, and Bundi city witnessed mild showers in afternoon that continued till late evening. Power supply remained disrupted due to rains and gusty winds in Jhalawar. “As the mild showers started lashing the city, the electricity supply failed,” complained a local from Jhalrapatan town of but added the mild showers have brought a little relief from heat.

In Kota, heavy blows of wind with mild showers on intervening Monday night uprooted several trees and electricity poles. remained the hottest places in the state recording 43.2 degrees Celsius. Temperature in western parts of the state, which remained dry, was recorded above 40 degree Celsius. Jaisalmer settled for 42.3 degrees, while Barmer and recorded 42.2 and 40.8 degrees Celsius.

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