Over 70 flights diverted from Delhi due to dust storm

Thunderstorm and squall likely in north Indian hill states from Sunday predicts IMD

Thunderstorm and squall likely in north Indian hill states from Sunday predicts IMD

The weatherman said dust storm in Delhi was accompanied with light rains and squall (wind speed 50-70 kmph). This thunderstorm will continue for the next 48 to 72 hours, said Charan Singh, Scientist, Indian Meteorological Department on weather change.

In West Bengal, at least 12 people, including four children, were killed and over 15 injured in lightning strike amid heavy rain, an official of the state disaster management department said. The India Meteorological Department said the stormy conditions were subsiding in northern India. One person each died in Etawah, Aligarh, Kannauj, Hapur, Noida and Sambhal, Principal Secretary (Information) Awanish Awasthi said. Flights from Tokyo, Newark and Colombo were diverted to other airports, people familiar with the matter said. Schools and colleges were closed in several districts, he said. The storm interrupts CM Arvind Kejriwal's programme in Delhi's IP Extension. Airport officials said 70 flights were diverted from Delhi and over two dozens were delayed.

According to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, services on the Violet Line were affected for 40 minutes as trains ran in two loops between Sarita Vihar and Escorts Mujesar, and between Nehru Place and Kashmere Gate stations from 5 pm to 5.40 pm.

The sudden change in weather began at around 4.30 pm and gusty winds swept the city.


Flight movements at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport were put on hold and a Srinagar flight to Delhi was diverted to Amritsar following bad weather conditions.

Yesterday, the maximum settled at a whopping 43.2 degrees Celsius at the Palam observatory with the minimums today being recorded at 28.8 degrees, both three degrees above the normal levels.

The strong wind crashed through trees and turned the air a murky brown. The Kalka-New Delhi Shatabdi Express was also stopped near Sonepat due to uprooting of trees.

"A cyclonic circulation formed near Haryana and north Rajasthan along with the western disturbance".

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