The storm also hit the capital Delhi, more than 100km away, along with heavy rains late on Wednesday evening.
Dust storms with high winds are common during the summer in northern and eastern India. Officials said it could take more than two days to restore power. "It will affect areas of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan border, especially Karauli and Dholpur", Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) scientist Himanshu Sharma was quoted by PTI.
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Dholpur Additional District Magistrate Harphool Yadav said 10 people in the district have lost their lives.
One patch moved to north of Delhi, while another patch moved over the Alwar, Agra, and Dholpur belt, which was more deadly. Reports suggest electricity and water supply has also been affected in Nainital, Haldwani and several other remote locations. More thunderstorms are expected.
Numerous dead were sleeping when their houses collapsed after being struck by intense bursts of lightning. The gusty winds toppled and fell trees at many places, blocking portions of roads, causing traffic jams in several areas. Numerous houses collapsed and electricity poles and trees were uprooted.
Meanwhile, the Business Standard reported at least 15 flights, including at least two worldwide aircraft, were diverted from Delhi airport due to the bad weather. A private weather forecasting agency Skymet mentioned that these pre-Monsoon activities are triggered on account of activation of heat-low which is seen over parts of Rajasthan and Haryana that happens due to the passage of an active Western Disturbance.