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

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

Thunderstorm 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, the IMD advisory said. At least 10 incoming flights were diverted towards other airports.

According to the official, several inbound flights to Delhi were diverted to Amritsar, Lucknow, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Jammu and Dehradun.

A total of 31 domestic flights and six global flights were delayed after the storm hit Delhi early evening.

- ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) May 13, 2018Flight movements at #Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport put on hold, due to the thunderstorm.

With this, dust storm, and thunderstorm are expected over Delhi and its adjoining areas of Noida, Gurugram, Ghaziabad, Faridabad during the evening hours of today.

Meanwhile, the maximum at Safdarjung settled at 42.2 degrees Celsius which is three notches above the normal levels while the minimum settled at 30.6 degrees which is five degrees above the normal levels. This thunderstorm will continue for the next 48 to 72 hours, said Charan Singh, Scientist, Indian Meteorological Department on weather change.

The India Meteorology Department had forecast thunderstorm accompanied with squall or gusty winds across the state on Sunday.

More news: Severe thunderstorms, flooding possible Saturday

Following an erratic weather pattern over the last 15 days, dust storm, strong winds and rainfall hit the national capital on Sunday evening.

Thunderstorm over the northern hill-states and its effect in the plains is due to a western disturbance, the IMD said.

While the maximum temperature in Chandrapur shot up to 47.3 degree Celsius on Friday, mercury may hit 43 degree Celsius with heat waves spread across the National Capital region in mid of May.

Metro movement at the Noida Dwaraka line was also disrupted with services being hit for almost 30 minutes. It seriously disrupted road traffic and Metro services.

The storm left 75 dead in UP alone and 91 injured.

Four persons died in Etawah, three in Mathura and one each in Agra, Aligarh, Kanpur and Firozabad.


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