Delhi-NCR hit by sudden dust storm, rain; flights grounded

Delhi-NCR hit by sudden dust storm, rain; flights grounded

Delhi-NCR hit by sudden dust storm, rain; flights grounded

The India Meteorology Department has forecast thunderstorm accompanied with squall or gusty winds across the state on Sunday.

Most of the victims were hit by falling walls, trees, electric pylons and houses caused by gale-force winds of more than 130 kilometres (80 miles) per hour.

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The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued weather warning for next five days in Uttarakhand.

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Meanwhile, the dust storm interrupted Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's programme in Delhi's IP Extension. IMD on Saturday said, . Airline Vistara's Srinagar-Delhi flight was diverted to Amritsar following bad weather conditions in Delhi-NCR.

Thunderstorm over these hill-states states and its subsequent effect on plains in north Indian is due to a new western disturbance, the IMD had said.

# 05:38 PM: 10 flight diversions at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport so far due to bad weather conditions.

Last month, a storm killed at least 15 people in Uttar Pradesh and destroyed two ancient pillars at the entryways to the Taj Mahal. Noida also witnessed raging storm along with dark clouds hovering over the city while strong winds were also reported from Gurugram area too. He adds that despite dust storm in Dehradoon and its adjoining areas Chardham yatra is continuing.

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The Delhi Fire Service said it received over 30 calls linked to falling trees and two calls related to wall collapse within two hours of the storm hitting the national capital. Visuals from Delhi's Vijay Chowk. But the sky turned cloudy around 4:30pm and gusty winds started sweeping the city soon after.

The monsoon will reach the Andaman and Nicobar Islands on May 20 and is expected to advance further to Sri Lanka and over East Central Bay of Bengal on May 24, Mahesh Palawat, Vice President (Meteorology and Climate Change) of Skymet, said.

The temperature was today recorded at 30.6 degrees Celsius.

However, be it the upcoming Monsoon or high-velocity duststorms, it will give no relief to people in Vidarbha, parts of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.

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