Dust storm and rain leaves 14 dead in northern India

At least 14 people died and another 25 were injured by a powerful dust and rain storm that hit northern India, the second in a week.

Winds of up to 100 kilometers (60 miles) per hour, swept areas of western Uttar Pradesh state on Wednesday night, knocking down trees and dozens of mud and brick houses, said Avanish Awasthi, a government official.

Several villages in the area were left in the dark after the storm damaged electrical poles and wiring

The storms also affected  New Delhi and parts of the states of Himachal Pradesh, in the north, and of Rajasthan, in the west, but with milder winds and there were no reports of victims immediately. The national weather agency said stormy conditions were subsiding in the north.

A similar phenomenon of dust and downpours killed more than 120 people and left 200 injured in five Indian states a week ago

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