Officials said, around 90 people have died, and heavy rain injured 160 people and a dust storm struck northern and western India overnight.
Most severe damages were reported in Agra which is the northern Indian city that’s home to the Taj Mahal.
Uttar Pradesh state Relief Commissioner Sanjay Kumar said, more than 40 people were killed in the city due to the high winds such as 80 mph which collapsed houses and brought down trees.
Shivam Lohia, who owns a resort hotel in Alwar district of Rajasthan, told AFP, “I haven’t seen such a devastating storm in at least 25 years. Everyone was scared and running for cover as trees and homes were getting blown away. It was a nightmare.”
The reports show that the intense storms did not damage the Taj Mahal.
Weather.com meteorologist Chris Dolce said, “Satellite imagery shows that a cluster of strong thunderstorms developed in northwest India and swept through northern parts of the country.” Dolce added, “The storms were accompanied by high winds, which not only caused damage but also swept dust into the region.”
Kumar said, at least 64 people died, and another 67 were injured in northern Uttar Pradesh state.
The Press Trust of India news agency said that another 27 people died and other 100 were injured in the western state of Rajasthan. House collapses and lightning was the main reason for most deaths.
The monsoon season is still more than six weeks away, but the rainstorm caught people by surprise.
Kumar said, uprooted trees flattened mud huts of the poor. In the parts of Uttar Pradesh, electricity supply and telephone lines were snapped, said Kumar.
T.P. Gupta of the Uttar Pradesh relief commissioner’s office told AFP, “We can confirm at least 65 deaths from around 40 of the state’s 75 districts.” He said more than 150 cattle and other animals were also killed across the state.