New Delhi, May 13: At least 2 people were killed and 18 others were left injured after strong wind, accompanied by dust and rain lashed Delhi-NCR on Sunday. Following bad weather conditions,  over 70 flights were diverted at  Indira Gandhi International Airport. Approximately, nine Delhi-bound flights made emergency landing at Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport after Air Traffic Control did not permit them to land at IGI Airport, ANI reported.

Meanwhile in Andhra Pradesh, nine people lost their lives after being struck by lightning while three others were injured in Srikakulam and Kadapa districts. In Uttar Pradesh, nine people killed and 34 were injured. In Ghaziabad one person was reportedly killed while 4 were left injured after a tree fell on them near Lal Kuan Shiv temple. On the other hand in West Bengal, eight people including four children were killed due to heavy rainfall and lightning.

The storm, with wind speeds of up to 70 km per hour also cripple Metro services in at least three places on the sprawling network, a spokesman for Delhi Metro Rail Corp said. The disruptions took place because trees got toppled and hit and damaged overhead wires on the winding Blue Line and the equally busy Violet Line, the spokesman told IANS. The Magenta Line was also hit.

Commuters faced extended halts at various stations and were asked to empty the trains midway across the entire Blue Line, which links Dwarka in west Delhi with Vaishali and Noida in Uttar Pradesh. On the Violet Line, trains ran on short loops from Sarita Vihar to Escorts Mujesar and Nehru Place to Kashmere Gate from 5 pm to 5.40 pm. The Blue Line services were suspended between Inderprashtha and Karol Bagh, forcing people to take other forms of transport. Delhi Metro said the overhead damage was repaired and trains began normal services by 6.50 p.m. The dust storm also interrupted Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s programme in Delhi’s IP Extension.

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) also said that the thunderstorm is likely continue for next two-three days. Speaking to ANI, Charan Singh, Scientist, Indian Meteorological Department said,”There is a circulation of a western disturbance in North West India. We had forecasted that the weather will be adverse for 2-3 days. This thunderstorm will continue for the next 48 to 72 hours.”

Meanwhile, several parts of Delhi including other cities like Rohtak, Bahadurgarh, Bhiwadi, Sohna, Palwal, Jhajjar, Manesar, Gurugram, Ballabhgarh, Faridabad, Aurangabad, Aligarh, Sonipat, Bagpat, Noida, Greater Noida, Meerut, Ghaziabad will witness the same change in weather today, the IMD predicted.