Dust storm hits Delhi, almost 50 flights affected

Thunderstorms likely over next two days in hill states of North India says Met Department

Thunderstorms likely over next two days in hill states of North India says Met Department

High-velocity winds swept across the National Capital Region (NCR) on Sunday evening, throwing life out of gear.

Earlier, Delhiites woke up to a hot morning on Sunday, with minimum temperature settling at 30.6 degrees C, five degrees above normal. This thunderstorm will continue for the next 48 to 72 hours, said Charan Singh, Scientist, Indian Meteorological Department on weather change.

The Delhi Police said two people were killed during the dust storm and 18 were injured.

The meteorological office also forecast rain in isolated parts of east Uttar Pradesh and said the weather is most likely to remain dry in west UP.

The storm left 75 dead in UP alone and 91 injured. Uttar Pradesh was the worst affected, accounting for 80 deaths, a lot of them in Agra district in western part. The Palam observatory recorded a wind speed of 96 kmph, the officer said.

Traffic also came to a crawl on the roads leading to the airport and in other parts of Delhi as the dust storm hit light structures and trees.

The strong wind crashed through trees and turned the air a murky brown.

According to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, services on the Violet Line were affected for 40 minutes as trains ran in two loops between Sarita Vihar and Escorts Mujesar, and between Nehru Place and Kashmere Gate stations from 5 pm to 5.40 pm.

The inclement weather interrupted the launch of a 140 kWp rooftop solar plant at IP Extension attended by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

More than 40 flight were diverted from Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport as bad weather conditions continue in the region, said the latest report by ANI.

'This was necessitated due to falling of a tree on OHE wires between Okhla and Jasola stations due to the thunderstorm.

K Sathi Devi, the head of the National Weather Forecasting Centre, said two western disturbances had led to the inclement weather.

Similar weather conditions were reported from nearby areas such as Faridabad, Gurugram, Noida and Ghaziabad.

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