A massive dust storm swept through Bikaner, in India’s northwestern Rajasthan state, five days after an electrical dust storm toppled trees and power lines and collapsed houses in other parts of the state, reportedly killing at least 27 people.
Fierce winds and lightning strikes caused more than 160 deaths across northern India, including the states of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, with more storms forecast in the days ahead.
Some 13 states are reported to be at risk.
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High temperatures are blamed for the extreme weather.
Roxy Mathew Koll, a scientist at the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, told the Hindustan Times newspaper: “Local thunderstorm formation is impacted by temperatures.
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“All over India, temperatures are abnormally high, even if they are not the drivers, they will aggravate the situation by causing the atmosphere to become more unstable.”