dust storm: Thunderstorm, dust storm hit Delhi-NCR region; flights affected

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dust storm: Thunderstorm, dust storm hit Delhi-NCR region; flights affected


DELHI: A squall and sudden dust storm with a wind speed of up to 109 kmph accompanied by light rain hit Delhi and several parts of Punjab and Haryana, including Faridabad and Gurgaon, this evening after a scorching day, a Met department official said.

Flight movements at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport have been temporarily put on hold. At least 40 flights were diverted at IGI so far due to the bad weather.

“About 10 flights destined for Delhi had to be diverted to nearby airports during the first half an hour of the storm,” an airport source said.

Vistara’s Srinagar-Delhi flight was diverted to Amritsar and its Lucknow-Delhi flight was sent to Lucknow due to the inclement weather.

However, the relief to Delhi residents came after a sweltering day, when the maximum temperature had reached 40.60 degrees Celsius, a notch above the normal, the meteorological department official said.

Metro movement at the Noida-Dwaraka line was also stalled for 30 minutes due to bad weather.

In a sudden change of weather, the sky turned cloudy around 4:30 pm and gusty winds swept the city.

The temperature was today recorded at 30.6 degrees Celsius. The humidity was recorded at 60 per cent at 8:30 am, a Meteorological (Met) department official said.

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

The meteorological office also forecast rain in isolated parts of east Uttar Pradesh and said the weather is most likely to remain dry in west UP.

On May 9, several parts of the state were hit by a severe storm that left 18 dead and 27 others injured. Five people died in Etawah district, three each in Mathura, Aligarh and Agra, two in Firozabad and one each in Hathras and Kanpur Dehat.

Thunderstorms and lightning on May 2-3 killed 134 people and injured over 400 in UP, Rajasthan, Telangana, Utttarakhand and Punjab. UP was the worst affected, accounting for 80 deaths, most of them in Agra district in the western part of the state.

(With inputs from Mihir Mishra)





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