24 flights diverted as dust storm, rains hit Indian capital

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24 flights diverted as dust storm, rains hit Indian capital

The storm dipped the visibility, leading to vehicles plying on the streets coming to a standstill momentarily, while pedestrians rushed to seek shelter. "Weather not in our control and airport also has constraints in handling so many unexpected flights and passengers". The officer-goers were seen peeping out of the window as it got dark rather early than usual.

The Skymet Weather report says major contribution of rains would come from northeast India, which may help reduce the countrywide cumulative rain deficiency of 48% (as on April 4).

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IMD Additional Director General Mrutyunjay Mohapatra said there was a circulation over North Rajasthan and Haryana, which led to thunder storm and dust storm.

A duststorm, accompanied with light rain and drizzle in some areas of Delhi, brough t a turnaround in the weather in Delhi on Friday evening, bringing respite from heat.

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Several parts of north India experience dust storms when the temperature rises.

The arrivals and departures at Delhi worldwide airport delayed up to one hour due to the sudden change in weather. Skymet attributed these weather changes to Western Disturbance over Jammu and Kashmir.

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According to reports, residents will likely have to push on through the weather for a couple of days before things begin to settle. It added that rain and thundershowers would die down by April 10. "Although mercury would drop but it would be a gradual one. But relief is on card", it had said.

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