Dust storm hits Delhi-NCR; IMD issues fresh warning for Haryana, UP

Lester Mason
May 16, 2018

A massive dust storm hit Delhi in the early hours on Wednesday, 16 May, as per a DNA report.

Strong winds, accompanied by dust, lashed the city while bringing a sudden decline in the temperature on Wednesday, uprooting trees and disrupting power supply. This comes after the deadly storm on 13-14 May that claimed over 80 lives across five states in the country.

At several places in north India including Delhi, high-velocity winds uprooted trees and affected road, rail and air services.

Federal officials said violent gales higher than 62 miles per hour hit areas in the north, south and east of the country, wrecking homes and uprooting trees, Agence France-Presse reports.

India's meteorological department Wednesday issued a fresh warning of thunderstorm accompanied by gusty winds in the national capital and its outskirts. "About it reports "UNN" with reference to the Agency" Xinhua". At least 40 flights were diverted.

The Delhi Metro operations were also affected at a number of stations on the Violet and Blue lines after trees fell on overhead electricity (OHE) wires.

"Thunderstorm accompanied with squall with a wind speed reaching 50-70 kmph very likely at isolated places over Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand", the weather department predicted today. Almost two weeks ago, 134 people were killed while 400 others were injured after a massive dust and thunderstorm hit Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Telangana, Uttarakhand and Punjab.

A wave of sandstorms and thunderstorms sweeping through in India have left at least 86 people dead and 100 others injured, authorities said Monday.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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