Thunderstorm hits Delhi: 40 flights diverted, Metro services affected

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Thunderstorm and dust storm with winds speeds of up to 70 km per hour are "very likely" tomorrow in 26 districts of Uttar Pradesh, the weather office warned.

Humidity during the morning hours was recorded at 60 per cent, the official added. The India Meteorological Department said the stormy conditions were subsiding in northern India.

Four persons died in Etawah, three in Mathura and one each in Agra, Aligarh, Kanpur and Firozabad.

Subsequently on May 9, several parts of Uttar Pradesh were struck by a severe storm that left 18 dead and 27 others injured. "Westerly winds will form again and temperature will begin to rise after May 15", Palawat said.The rains and storm brought down trees and tree branches in some areas and led to traffic snarls, forcing two-wheeler drivers to take shelter under bridges and flyovers. Schools and colleges were closed in several districts, he said.

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Metro services between Indraprastha and Karol Bagh metro stations were disrupted after a tree fell on the tracks. The storm interrupts CM Arvind Kejriwal's programme in Delhi's IP Extension.

High-velocity winds swept across the National Capital Region (NCR) on Sunday evening, throwing life out of gear.

The DMRC also said service between Inderprashtha and Karol Bagh (on the Blue line) were not available from 5.15 pm due to a tree falling on the overhead electricity (OHE) wires of the up section of the line (towards Dwarka) between Rajiv Chowk and RK Ashram.

More than 70 incoming flights were diverted from the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) here on Sunday evening following a powerful dust storm and rain, officials said.

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The strong winds knocked down almost 200 trees in the city. The Kalka-New Delhi Shatabdi Express was also stopped near Sonepat due to uprooting of trees.

Currently, a Western Disturbance is over the Western Himalayan region.

Similar weather conditions were reported from nearby areas such as Faridabad, Gurugram, Noida and Ghaziabad.

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