Dust storm lashes Delhi and NCR, traffic hit

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Dust storm lashes Delhi and NCR, traffic hit

The deadly storm also hit West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh killing sixteen people, including four children.

♦ Thunderstorm accompanied with squall (wind speed reaching 5070 kmph) and hail very likely at isolated places over Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

In Uttar Pradesh the storm took the heaviest death toll, claiming 18 lives and leaving 25 injured.

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.

In Greater Noida, a woman was killed and a man was seriously injured after a hoarding fell on them during the storm. Uttar Pradesh was the worst affected, accounting for 80 deaths, majority in Agra district in western part. The deaths were reported in Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh.

The temperature was today recorded at 30.6 degrees Celsius. This apart, over 70 flights were diverted and 100 flights delayed, the highest in last 10 years for any bad weather related incident other than fog.

In a sudden change of weather, the sky turned cloudy around 4:30 pm and gusty winds swept the city.

Incidents of wall collapse were reported from Najafgarh, Transit Camp, Nehru Place, Mohan Garden in Uttam Nagar and Raj Nagar in Palam, said a senior officer of the Delhi Fire Service.

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

The strong winds knocked down a number of trees in the city.

According to ANI, the storm disrupted an event being attended by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in IP Extension when the winds blew off parts of the stage.

Now, train services on all lines of the Delhi metro are running as per normal schedule after fix of overhead electricity (OHE) wires.

A western disturbance, which is a system of low pressure bringing moisture from Eurasian water bodies, and moisture-bearing easterly winds triggered the thunderstorms and rain in Delhi on Sunday, the weather department said. Fallen branches were seen blocking some roads in south Delhi areas, leading to long traffic jam.

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

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