Dust storm accompanied by squall hit Delhi

Deadly dust storms ravage northern India, killing close to 100

Thunderstorms likely over next two days in hill states of North India, says Met Department

The people who were along with the lady had a miraculous escape while they were out for a walk and when the gutsy winds struck. In another incident, a 19-year-old Rohit died in southeast Delhi's Jaitpur when construction material fell on him. She was taken to a hospital where she died during treatment, police said. The Kalka-New Delhi Shatabdi Express was also stopped near Sonepat. Fallen branches were seen blocking some roads in south Delhi areas, leading to long traffic jam.

The city witnessed traffic snarls at several places and power cuts were reported in areas including Defence Colony, Munirka, Amar Colony, Greater Kailash I and Vasant Kunj. He was rushed to Apollo hospital where he was declared brought dead.

Ten incoming flights to the Indira Gandhi International Airport were diverted between 4.15 and 5.30 p.m. due to poor visibility and strong winds, an airport official said.

" A Vistara's Srinagar-Delhi flight was diverted to Amritsar and its Lucknow-Delhi flight was sent to Lucknow due to the inclement weather and other flights alos been diverted", a DIAL official confirmed.

Operations at the Delhi airport came to a halt due to the dust storm.

# 05:36 PM: Metro movement at the Noida Dwaraka line was stalled for 30 minutes due to bad weather conditions.

The underground metros in Delhi were operational but at a reduced speed. The Taj Mahal is in Agra city but officials said the monument escaped damage.

When the Metro services finally resumed after about two hours, the trains were run haltingly.

Thunderstorm accompanied with squall with wind speed reaching 50-70 km per hour are "very likely" at isolated places over east Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Gangetic West Bengal, Odisha and Jharkhand, said the Indian Meteorological Deaprtment (IMD).

"A cyclonic circulation formed near Haryana and north Rajasthan along with the western disturbance". Such activity is common during this time of the season as Delhi has high temperatures and easterly winds with moisture are blowing. The strom blew over a trough which is spread from north Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. The deaths were reported in Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh.

♦ Heavy rain very likely at isolated places over Kerala.

Another weather expert said this rise in temperatures heated up the air.

Last month, a storm killed at least 15 people in Uttar Pradesh and destroyed two ancient pillars at the entryways to the Taj Mahal. One person was killed in Aligarh. "Four other persons were injured in the incident", police said.

"Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed all district magistrates and commissioners to provide immediate relief (to the affected people) and ensure that the injured are provided medical care immediately", Awasthi said.

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