Rainstorm kills at least 91, injures over 160 in India

FILE - In this Wednesday, May 2, 2018 file photo, people cover their noses as a dust storm envelops the city in New Delhi, India. A powerful dust storm and rain swept parts of north and western India overnight, causing house collapses, toppling trees and leaving dozens dead and more than 160 injured, officials said Thursday. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
In this Wednesday, May 2, 2018 photo, people cross a road, enveloped by dust rising from a storm in New Delhi, India. A powerful dust storm and rain swept parts of north and western India overnight, causing house collapses, toppling trees and leaving dozens dead and more than 160 injured, officials said Thursday. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
This frame grab from video provided by XYZ News shows an injured being carried for treatment in the western Indian state of Rajasthan, Wednesday, May 2, 2018. A powerful dust storm and rain swept parts of north and western India overnight, causing house collapses, toppling trees and leaving dozens dead and more than 160 injured, officials said Thursday. (XYZ News via AP)
This frame grab from video provided by XYZ News shows damage caused by a rainstorm in the western Indian state of Rajasthan, Thursday, May 3, 2018. A powerful dust storm and rain swept parts of north and western India overnight, causing house collapses, toppling trees and leaving dozens dead and more than 160 injured, officials said Thursday. (XYZ News via AP)

LUCKNOW, India — A powerful dust storm and rain swept parts of north and western India overnight, causing house collapses, toppling trees and leaving at least 91 people dead and more than 160 injured, officials said Thursday.

The devastation was particularly severe Wednesday night in Agra, the northern Indian city where the white marble Taj Mahal is located. Forty-three people died there as the wind speed touched 130 kilometers (80 miles) per hour, said Relief Commissioner Sanjay Kumar of Uttar Pradesh state.

There was no damage to the monument.

At least 64 people died and another 67 were injured in northern Uttar Pradesh state, Kumar said.

In the western state of Rajasthan, the Press Trust of India news agency said 27 others died and 100 were injured. Most deaths were caused by house collapses and lightning.

The rainstorm caught people by surprise as the monsoon season is still more than six weeks away.

Uprooted trees flattened mud huts of the poor, Kumar said. Electrical and telephone lines were snapped in parts of Uttar Pradesh state, Kumar said.

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