Dead, Dozens Of Flights Diverted As Dust Storm, Rain Hit Delhi

Thunderstorm squall likely in UP in next two days

High-velocity winds swept across the National Capital Region (NCR) on Sunday evening, throwing life out of gear. UP was the worst affected, accounting for 80 deaths, a lot of them in Agra district in the western part of the state.

Skies turned dark in Delhi on Sunday (May 13) and a sudden dust storm accompanied by lightning struck the city, bringing temperature several notches down.

As per latest reports, flight movements at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport have been put on hold due to thunderstorm, reported ANI.

While the maximum temperature in Chandrapur shot up to 47.3 degree Celsius on Friday, mercury may hit 43 degree Celsius with heat waves spread across the National Capital region in mid of May.

People have been complaining of delay in Metro services and the hailstorm disrupted electric supply in parts of Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.

On Wednesday night, four people died in Etawah district, three each in Mathura and Aligarh districts and one each in Agra, Aligarh, Kanpur and Firozabad towns in Uttar Pradesh state, Ujjawal Kumar, another state government official, said.

Maximum temperature in the day is likely to hover around 40 degrees C, the weatherman said.

A met department officer said south Delhi's Safdarjung observatory recorded a wind speed of 109 kmph.

Several parts of the state were hit by severe storm this week leaving 18 dead and 27 others injured.

The strong winds knocked down almost 200 trees in the city.

The inclement weather interrupted the launch of a 140 kWp rooftop solar plant at IP Extension attended by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. At least 40 flights were diverted and more than 24 delayed, an official said.

"Western Disturbances over Jammu and Kashmir have begun to weaken and is moving eastwards".

Sharma and Devi warned of similar weather conditions tomorrow.

Thunderstorm accompanied with squall with wind speed reaching 50-70 km per hour are "very likely" at isolated places over east Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Gangetic West Bengal, Odisha and Jharkhand, said the Indian Meteorological Deaprtment (IMD).

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