Over 70 flights diverted from Delhi due to dust storm

Over 70 flights diverted from Delhi due to dust storm

A powerful dust and rain storm demolished homes and downed power lines in northern India, killing at least 14 people, an official said Thursday, a week after another unseasonable storm caused deaths and destruction in the same region.

Thunderstorm accompanied with gusty winds very likely at isolated places over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh & Delhi, West Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Bihar. At bus stops in south Delhi, people were seen huddling together to protect themselves as branches of overhead trees broke. "This is likely to lead to consequential delays", said an airport official.

The India Meteorological Department on Saturday predicted that Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh in all likelihood may witness thunderstorm accompanied with squall, while parts of Rajasthan might see dust storm over the next two days i.e, Sunday and Monday. The humidity was recorded at 60 per cent at 8:30 am, a Meteorological (Met) department official said.

IMD has warned that temperature can range between 47 and 50 degree celsius in the upcoming weeks of May and June. The Palam observatory recorded a wind speed of 96 kmph, the officer said.

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

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

Somvati Sinha (56) died after a tree got uprooted and fell on her in east Delhi's Pandav Nagar during the storm, the police said. "The extreme weather not only affected Delhi; Panipat, Jhajjar, Rohtak, Jind in Haryana and parts of Uttar Pradesh", said G P Sharma, President (Meteorology) Skymet, a private weather forecasting agency.

"There is a circulation of a western disturbance in North-West India". The sudden change in weather brought the mercury a few notches down in Delhi, Noida and Gurugram.

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