New Delhi, June 2: At least 15 people died and nine were injured in the thunderstorm that hit northern India on Friday evening. The deaths were reported from across Moradabad, Muzaffarnagar, Meerut, Amroha and Sambhal districts. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has also issued a fresh warning of thunderstorms in north and parts of north-east for today.

“The sky was mainly clear in the morning. However, there is a possibility of dust storms and thunderstorms towards the afternoon and evening,” an India Meteorological Department official forecast for the National Capital Region.

Throwing lives out of gear, yesterday thunderstorm uprooted trees and snapped electricity lines and left a string of destruction across India. Following bad weather conditions, a few flights were also diverted due to the dust storm. Airlines such as Jet Airways and Vistara took to Twitter to announce delays in arrivals and departures due to air-traffic congestion in Delhi due to the adverse weather.

The dust storm, with the wind speed of up to 40 km per hours, hit Delhi, Noida, Gurgaon, and Ghaziabad. Some parts also experienced rainfall.  Sudden dust storms late on Friday in Delhi, Noida and Ghaziabad brought down the surging mercury by one notch below the season’s average.

Friday devastation comes three days after 40 people had lost their lives and many were left injured in Jharkhand, Bihar, and Uttar Pradesh after a massive thunderstorm wreaked havoc in various parts of the states.