Thunderstorm, dust storm hit Delhi-NCR region; flights affected

Deadly dust storms ravage northern India, killing close to 100

Dust storms and thunderstorms wreaked havoc in Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh and the national capital, killing at least 41 people and leaving behind a trail of destruction. "This thunderstorm will continue for the next 48 to 72 hours", Charan Singh, Scientist, Indian Meteorological Department told ANI. Almost 114 domestic and nine worldwide flights were delayed.

Airport, more than 180 flights were affected as the storm forced operations to be suspended. "Winds were blowing at 52 knots impacting flight operations", said IMD Director RK Jenamani.

Meanwhile, due to the worsening weather due to the thunderstorm, squalls and rain, metro movement at the Noida Dwaraka line was stalled for 30 minutes.

The sudden weather changes also interrupted CM Arvind Kejriwal's programme in Delhi's IP Extension.

Thunderstorm over the hill states and its subsequent effect on the plains in north India is due to a new western disturbance from Sunday, according to the IMD.

Traffic also came to a crawl on the roads leading to the airport and in other parts of Delhi as the dust storm hit light structures and trees.

Vistara's Srinagar-Delhi flight was diverted to Amritsar and its Lucknow-Delhi flight was sent to Lucknow due to the inclement weather.

Four incidents of wall collapse were reported in Delhi from Najafgarh, Transit Camp, Nehru Place, Mohan Garden in Uttam Nagar and Raj Nagar in Palam, Delhi Fire Service said.

Gusty winds with speed of 109 kmph and squall disrupted traffic in the city, even as flights were diverted from the Delhi airport between 4:30-6:30 pm and metro services were also hampered.

When the Metro services resumed, the trains plied at halting speed.

# 06:42 PM: "We had forecasted that the weather will be adverse for 2-3 days".

"Till about 7.15 PM, over 40 diversions were reported".

Skies turned dark in Delhi on Sunday (May 13) and a sudden dust storm accompanied by lightning struck the city, bringing temperature several notches down. According to the IMD advisory, heavy rain is "very likely" at isolated places in Karnataka, Lakshadweep and Kerala.

'This was necessitated due to falling of a tree on OHE wires between Okhla and Jasola stations due to the thunderstorm.

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