Strong Winds, Dust Storm, Rain Hit Delhi/NCR, Flights Grounded At IGI Airport

Henrietta Brewer
May 13, 2018

10 domestic flights were also diverted to nearby airports.

Delhi Metro services were also affected at several stations on the Violet and Blue lines after trees fell on overhead electricity (OHE) wires. Vistara said its Delhi-bound flights from Srinagar, Lucknow, Bhubaneswar, Mumbai and Goa were diverted.

Delhi Metro operations were also hit. There were disruptions in the Metro services as well on some routes. A tree and falling bricks killed two people there, officials said. However, services resumed after a while.

Several areas in north India are experiencing soaring temperatures and there may not be any respite in sight - especially for several parts of Rajasthan where, according to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), mercury could touch 50 degree Celsius in the coming weeks.

The storm with winds blowing up to 100 kilometers (60 miles) per hour swept western parts of Uttar Pradesh state on Wednesday night, toppling trees and demolishing dozens of mud and brick homes, said Avanish Awasthi, a state government official.

The MeT department had earlier today warned that 26 districts of Uttar Pradesh are likely to witness the harsh change in weather.

Dark storm clouds gathered over the capital, battering the city with high winds.

♦ Heavy rain very likely at isolated places over Kerala.

N. N. Srivastava, another Uttar Pradesh state official, said the storms have affected the lives of more than 100 million residents who also lost cattle and crops. Motorists switched on headlights to find their way in the enveloping darkness.

Dust storm hits Ghaziabad.

The India Meteorological Department on Saturday predicted that Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh would witness thunderstorm accompanied by squall.

Dust storm along with strong winds and rain lashed Delhi-NCR on Sunday. "So, there will be significant decrease in thunderstorm activity over north-western states until 13 May, when a fresh western disturbance is likely to affect the West Himalayan region and cause thunderstorms in north region", said an IMD official.

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