Rain, dust storms kill 22 people in northern India, says official

Dust storms and heavy rains lashed huge swaths of northern India, killing at least 22 overnight, an official said Tuesday. An additional 89 people died in unseasonal rain and dust storms in Uttar Pradesh state last week, police spokesman Surendra Srivastava told The Associated Press in the state capital Lucknow. Srivastava said bad weather caused "havoc" on Monday as strong winds of more than 113 kph and heavy rains swept through the state, uprooting trees and electricity poles and destroying mud-brick houses. "At least 22 people, five of them children, were killed in different incidents of house collapses and lightning strikes," Srivastava said. Another 23 people were injured and have been admitted to state-run hospitals, he added.