12 killed in India dust storm

Online Report

At least 12 people were killed as a dust storm andthunder shower hit parts ofnorthern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh last night, a senior official said today.

“Four deaths were reported from Etawah, three from Mathura, one death each from Agra, Aligarh, Firozabad and Kanpur,” Principal Secretary Information Avanish Awasthi said.

One more person died at Hathras during the storm, our New Delhi correspondent reports quoting police.

Thunderstorms and lightning on May 2,3 killed at least 134 people and injured more than 400 in five Indian states, according to the Indian Home Ministry.

Uttar Pradesh was the hardest hit with 80 deaths, most of them in Agra district.