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Delhi dust storm: Metro services disrupted, over 60 flights diverted

Thunderstorms likely over next two days in hill states of North India says Met Department News Story Thunderstorms likely over next two days in hill states of North India says Met Department
Melissa Porter | 13 May, 2018, 22:17

The weatherman said dust storm in Delhi was accompanied with light rains and squall (wind speed 50-70 kmph).

The sky turned cloudy around 4:30pm and gusty winds swept the national capital. 10 domestic flights were also diverted to nearby airports.

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

There are chances that Chhattisgarh, East Madhya Pradesh, Vidarbha, South Madhya Maharashtra might face thundershowers and dust storm.

"Till 9 p.m. more than 70 flights have been diverted and a few outbound flights have been delayed due to the ongoing weather condition", the official told IANS. Traffic came to a crawl at several areas in Delhi as the strong wind picked up dust and swirled them around, reducing visibility. Humidity during the morning hours was recorded at 60 per cent, a MeT official said.

The India Meteorological Department on Saturday said that Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh are likely to see thunderstorm accompanied with squall over the next two days.

Flight operations were put on hold at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport after the sudden change in weather in the capital, bringing thunderstorm and rain, on Sunday evening. "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.

Metro movement at the Noida Dwaraka line was stalled for 30 minutes due to bad weather conditions, said reports.

Several parts of the state were hit by severe storm this week leaving 18 dead and 27 others injured.

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

In both cases, toppling trees fell and damaged overhead Metro wiring, an official spokesman said.