UP dust storm toll climbs to 12

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In its latest forecast, the department has also predicted an increase in maximum temperatures by at least 3 degrees Celsius during the next 2-3 days, due to north-westerly winds prevailing over the region.

At least 16 people were killed and 27 others injured as thunderstorm hit several parts of Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday as Met department has issued another set of warnings of storm and rain that is expected to ravage eastern and central parts of state between May 12 and 15.

Chief minister Yogi Adityanath had faced criticism then for not heading back immediately from the Karnataka election campaign, as news of the casualties poured in from his own state.

Yesterday's storm saw several villages and towns plunged into darkness after it uprooted electric poles and downed wires.

Another person was killed when a tractor-trolley filled with hay toppled on him during the storm. The injured were rushed to Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar Hospital.

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He said all the fix works of the damage caused by the storm must commence at the earliest along with the assessment of the damage.

The storm comes a week after 73 persons died in the state as hailstorm, lightning and dust-storms damaged property and crops and caused human loss in 22 districts of the state.

The Relief Commissioner Sanjay Kumar said that teams of disaster management have been rushed in these districts to speed up the relief and rescue operations. On Thursday afternoon, deputy chief minister Dinesh Sharma visited Firozabad district to inspect relief work and handed over compensation cheques to the victims' families.

Uttar Pradesh was the hardest hit with 80 deaths, a lot of them in Agra district that witnessed wind speed of 125.93 kmph.

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