Delhi dust storm: Metro services disrupted, over 60 flights diverted

  • Delhi dust storm: Metro services disrupted, over 60 flights diverted

Delhi dust storm: Metro services disrupted, over 60 flights diverted

A powerful dust storm accompanied by rains on Sunday evening brought down the temperature in the national capital and adjoining areas, seriously disrupting air traffic and Metro services, officials said.

All the flights from Delhi airport were temporarily grounded and Delhi Metro services were also affected.

As many as 62 flights, including at least four global ones, were diverted to nearby airports. The Met office also predicted of very light rain or thunderstorm at isolated places on May 15, May 16 and May 17. The drizzle that followed in the NCR region brought the temperature a couple of notches down.

With western disturbances in Jammu-Kashmir beginning to move eastwards, a dust-storm was observed over isolated places in West Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttrakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi on Wednesday.

The sky turned cloudy around 4:30pm and gusty winds swept the national capital.

"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.

The MeT department had earlier today warned that 26 districts of Uttar Pradesh are likely to witness the harsh change in weather.

The highest number of casualties was on April 30 when 13 people were killed and several others were injured by storms and lightning.

The Agra district of Uttar Pradesh was one of the worst hit, according Gupta. Officials said it could take more than two days to restore power. The dust storm interrupted a programme that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was to attend at IP Extension.

A woman died after a tree fell on her while she was walking at Delhi's Pandav Nagar area, while a similar death of a man was reported from Jaitpur area.

The strong winds knocked down almost 200 trees in the city.

At least eleven persons were killed and around 34 others were injured in the severe dust storm that hit Uttar Pradesh on Sunday.

Yesterday, the maximum settled at a whopping 43.2 degrees Celsius at the Palam observatory with the minimums today being recorded at 28.8 degrees, both three degrees above the normal levels.