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Sudden dust storm hits Delhi, flights diverted

14 May 2018

At least 40 flights were diverted and more than 24 delayed, an official said.

Last month, a storm killed at least 15 people in Uttar Pradesh and destroyed two ancient pillars at the entryways to the Taj Mahal.

On May 9, several parts of the state were hit by a severe storm that left 18 dead and 27 others injured.

A western disturbance, which is a system of low pressure bringing moisture from Eurasian water bodies, and moisture-bearing easterly winds triggered the thunderstorms and rain in Delhi on Sunday, the weather department said.

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

Metro services between Indraprastha and Karol Bagh metro stations were disrupted after a tree fell on the tracks. The thunderstorm is likely to continue over the next two-three days, Charan Singh, a scientist with the Indian Meteorological Department, told ANI.

(G.N.S) Dt. 13 New Delhi Thunderstorm and dust storm with winds speeds of over 60 km per hour hit the Delhi-NCR region including Gurugram and Noida. There were disruptions in the Metro services as well on some routes.

A Delhi bound Vistara flight which was heading to Srinagar was diverted to Amritsar following the bad weather conditions.

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The strong winds knocked down almost 200 trees in the city. Traffic came to a crawl at several areas in Delhi as the strong wind picked up dust and swirled them around, reducing visibility. Visuals from Delhi's Vijay Chowk.

Delhiites woke up to a sunny morning with the mercury touching 40 degrees during the day but the sky turned cloudy around 4:30 pm.

Moreover, the Southwest Monsoon is expected to hit Kerala on May 28, predicted private weather forecasting agency Skymet.

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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. Saturday was the season's hottest day, with maximum temperature of 42.2 degrees Celsius.

Sudden dust storm hits Delhi, flights diverted