Delhi witnesses trees uprooted, slower traffic amid huge thunderstorm-rain


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.

The sudden change in weather began at around 4.30 pm and gusty winds swept the city. U.P. was the worst affected, accounting for 80 deaths, majority in Agra district.

Dust storm accompanied with strong winds and light rain hit Delhi and adjoining areas of NCR - including Gurgaon and Noida on Sunday evening.

"Till 9 p.m. more than 70 flights have been diverted and a few outbound flights have been delayed due to the ongoing weather condition", the official told IANS. There were disruptions in the Metro services as well on some routes.

The storm left 75 dead in UP alone and 91 injured.

Several areas in north India are experiencing soaring temperatures and there may not be any respite in sight - especially for several parts of Rajasthan where, according to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), mercury could touch 50 degree Celsius in the coming weeks. On Wesnesday, five people died in Etawah district, three each in Mathura, Aligarh and Agra, two in Firozabad and one each in Hathras and Kanpur Dehat. Humidity during the morning hours was recorded at 60%, the official added.

The strong wind crashed through trees and turned the air a murky brown. 10 domestic flights were also diverted to nearby airports.

A powerful dust and rain storm demolished homes and downed power lines in northern India, killing at least 14 people, an official said Thursday, a week after another unseasonable storm caused deaths and destruction in the same region.

The dust storm interrupted a programme that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was to attend in east Delhi's IP Extension, news agency ANI reported.

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

Sharma and Devi warned of similar weather conditions tomorrow.