At least 97 people killed in strong dust storms swept across northern India

At least 97 people were killed in strong dust storms that swept across northern India, officials said on Thursday.

Winds of more than 130 kilometers (80 miles) per hour ravaged parts of northern Uttar Pradesh and western Rajasthan states on late Wednesday, reports BSS.

“We can confirm at least 65 deaths from around 40 of the state’s 75 districts,” T.P. Gupta of the Uttar Pradesh relief commissioner’s office told reporters.

Rajasthan’s disaster management chief said 33 people were confirmed dead as the region braces for more high-speed winds.

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