Massive dust storm hits Delhi-NCR; 8 killed in Andhra Pradesh

Frederick Owens
May 14, 2018

The Met office has predicted thunderstorms accompanied with gusty winds over Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, and west Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Jammu and Kashmir, according to ANI.

Thunderstorms accompanied with squall with wind speed reaching 50-70 kilometres per hour are very likely at isolated places over east Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Gangetic West Bengal, Odisha and Jharkhand.

Its forecast said parts of Rajasthan might also see dust storm. Moderate rainfall accompanied with the thunderstorm is likely to hit the state today and tomorrow. Five people died in Etawah district, three each in Mathura, Aligarh and Agra, two in Firozabad and one each in Hathras and Kanpur Dehat.

One woman was killed and another man was seriously injured after a hoarding fell on them due to a heavy dust storm in Greater Noida. Seventy-three of them died in the worst-hit northern Uttar Pradesh state alone.

In Andhra Pradesh, nine persons were killed in lightning strikes.

Saturday was the season's hottest day, with maximum temperature of 42.2 degrees Celsius.

Dozens of flights were diverted to cities such as Jaipur, Amritsar and Lucknow, the sources said.

But the sky turned cloudy around 4:30pm and gusty winds started sweeping the city soon after.

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However, the temperature in the morning at 8:30 am was recorded at 30.6 degrees Celsius while the humidity was recorded at 60 per cent, a Meteorological (Met) department official said.

A person in Howrah district suffered serious injuries and was undergoing treatment at a local hospital, the official said.

The other gusting to 96 kmph battered the Palam area at 4:33 pm.

Dusty storm interrupts CM Arvind Kejriwal's programme in Delhi's IP Extension.

When the Metro services finally resumed after around two hours, the trains plied at halting speed.

Another two people were killed and 18 were injured in the Indian capital, New Delhi, the Press Trust of India news agency said.

"There is a circulation of a western disturbance in North West India". It also disrupted road and air traffic.

Power supply was affected in many areas in Delhi and Gurugram in Haryana.

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