Why This Dust Storm in India Turned Deadly
With more than 100 reported fatalities, the recent dust storm that swept through India was one of its deadliest.
The onset of India's monsoon season isn't coming quietly for the northern part of the country. At least 100 people were recently killed by a massive dust storm that swept through the region on Wednesday night.
According to local reports, many of the fatalities occurred when intense wind knocked over large structures, killing or injuring those in its way.
Dust storms are an annual weather pattern seen in the region. The scale and intensity of this most recent storm, however, surprised officials on the ground. It stretched from the western state of Rajasthan to the eastern state of Uttar Pradesh and hit Delhi, which lies between them.
In past years, fatalities from the dust storms rarely caused more than a dozen fatalities.