Deadly dust storms have swept across northern India – killing 116 and injuring 250 others.

The overnight storm ravaged the territories of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan – with the death toll only expected to rise further, according to officials.

Most of the victims were hit by falling walls and trees as powerful winds tore down buildings in hundreds of towns and villages.

The dust clouds plunged swathes of north India into darkness as winds of more than 130 kilometres per hour.

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