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Monday, May 23, 2011

Dust storm hits life in state: Two killed, 12 hurt - 23rd May 2011

JAIPUR: High velocity dust storms accompanied by thundershowers affected life and traffic in the state on Sunday. It was unprecedented weather for Pink City on Sunday afternoon when suddenly the sky became dark and life came to a standstill for almost an hour. Two people were killed while at least 12 others injured in mishaps due to dust storm across the state.

Attributing the weather change that began on Saturday evening to the heavy upper air cyclonic circulation and passing of the western disturbances, the Met office said there would be no further change as dust storms and rain will occur in southern and western parts of the state in the next 24 hours.

Jaipurities woke up to an overcast morning but acute darkness prevailed in Jaipur around 1.30 pm on Sunday when heavy dust storm lashed the city.

Traffic literally came to a standstill for almost an hour. In order to avoid accidents bus services were halted in the city.

It was so dark that drivers had to use headlights to manoeuvre their vehicles.

"I have never seen such darkness in the afternoon. Though dust storm is a common here but this much of darkness was never witnessed," said Vishal Mandera, a city bus driver said.

The 90 km/hour dust storm also affected normal life in Jaipur as at Kachchi basti in Mansarover a three-year-old girl sustained grave head injuries after a hut collapsed on her. Life was affected in other parts of the state too as a person was killed after an 11- KV high tension line fell on him. He was killed on the spot and is yet to be identified. A person in Dholpur was killed while two others were injured after a wall collapsed. In Rajgarh fire broke out at many of the hutments after the heavy dust storm, however no loss of life was reported. Read More