Published: Sun, May 13, 2018
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

Dust storm lashes Delhi and NCR, air traffic and Metro hit

Dust storm lashes Delhi and NCR, air traffic and Metro hit

Dust storm with a wind speed of 109 KM per hour accompanied by squall hit the national capital region of Delhi this evening. "So, there will be significant decrease in thunderstorm activity over north-western states until 13 May, when a fresh western disturbance is likely to affect the West Himalayan region and cause thunderstorms in north region", said an IMD official.

Rain and a dust storm with a wind speed of up to 70 kmph hit Delhi and several parts of Punjab and Haryana, including Faridabad and Gurgaon, on Sunday, bringing the mercury down after a spell of scorching heat over the past few days. Thousands of commuters were stuck on the winding and busy Blue Line, which links Dwarka in northwest Delhi to Noida and Vaishali in Uttar Pradesh, for nearly 45 minutes. Power supply in several areas had to be suspended.

According to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, services on the Violet Line were affected for 40 minutes as trains ran in two loops between Sarita Vihar and Escorts Mujesar, and between Nehru Place and Kashmere Gate stations from 5 pm to 5.40 pm.

# 08:01 PM: 6 people lost lives in Srikakulam, 1 person in Vizianagaram and 1 person in Kadapa district due to the thunderstorm: Andhra Pradesh State Disaster Management. At least 10 incoming flights were diverted towards other airports. Vistara said its Delhi-bound flights from Srinagar, Lucknow, Bhubaneswar, Mumbai and Goa were diverted. Metro services on the Blue Line were disrupted after a tree fell on the tracks between Rajiv Chowk and RK Ashram stations, reported ANI.

Now, train services on all lines of the Delhi metro are running as per normal schedule after fix of overhead electricity (OHE) wires. He adds that despite dust storm in Dehradoon and its adjoining areas Chardham yatra is continuing.

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

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

Chandigarh, the common capital of the two states, earlier on Sunday recorded a maximum temperature of 39.1 degrees Celsius, a notch above the normal.

"Maximum temperatures are likely to rise over plains of northwest India and central parts of the country would be above 42 degree Celsius in the second week of May", according to IMD.

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