New Delhi, May 16: A severe dust storm, accompanied with strong winds and light rains, hit Delhi NCR during wee hours on Wednesday causing power outage and uprooting trees in several parts. The storm struck the national capital and nearby regions around 3 AM on May 16. This comes after on May 13-14, a deadly thunderstorm claimed over 80 lives across five states in the country.
Strong winds, accompanied by dust, lashed the city while bringing a sudden decline in the temperature. However, Wednesday will see a maximum temperature of 40 degrees and the minimum of 25 degrees Celsius. Trees fell down on vehicles in several areas due to strong winds and dust storm in the national capital. In several areas, electricity poles were uprooted leaving resident without electricity. Reports of disruptions in power supply were received from parts of Faridabad, Gurgaon, Karol Bagh among others.
Earlier yesterday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) had issued a fresh warning for heavy rains and thunderstorm in the next two hours in the National Capital Region (NCR). Gusty winds and rain is expected to lash areas like Narnaul, Alwar, Bharatpur, Mathura and Agra, the IMD release stated.
On Monday, flight operations at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport were put on hold, news agency ANI reported. At least 40 flights were diverted. The operations at the airport had to be shut down for close to two and half hours, sources at Air Traffic Control (ATC) at the airport had said earlier.
The Delhi Metro operations were also affected at a number of stations on the Violet and Blue lines after trees fell on overhead electricity (OHE) wires. Indian Railways function was disrupted as train movement on the section between the Hazrat Nizamuddin and Palwal stations halted due to tree felling.
Meanwhile, as many as 80 were killed in Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and east Uttar Pradesh due to thunderstorms and lightning with Uttar Pradesh alone recording 51 deaths.
The latest devastation comes nearly two weeks after dust and thunderstorm claimed 134 lives injured 400 people in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Telangana, Uttarakhand and Punjab on May 2. At least 100 people died in north India and some other states, owing to thunderstorms.