New Delhi, May 16: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued fresh weather warning for 72 hours in parts of north India including New Delhi and national capital region. According to reports, thunderstorm accompanied with gusty winds (with speed 50-70 km) is very likely at isolated places over Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh. Also Read - After Nivar, Now Cyclone 'Burevi' to Hit Tamil Nadu on Dec 4, Second Storm Within Week Time
The same predictions have been made for May 17 at isolated places over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh. The prediction further says that Himachal Pradesh is the line for more thundershowers in the next two days. Also Read - IMD Issues Red Alert To These Four Districts in Kerala, Heavy Rain Expected Over Tamil Nadu
A severe dust storm, accompanied with strong winds and light rains, had 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. Also Read - Heavy Rains Predicted in These States in Next Four Days; IMD Issues Red, Orange Alerts
Strong winds, accompanied by dust, lashed the city while bringing a sudden decline in the temperature. 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.
On Monday, flight operations at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport were put on hold. 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.
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.
(With PTI inputs)