Thunderstorm, Rains Likely in Uttarakhand For Next Five Days, IMD Issues Warning
May 14 2018
At least 39 people were killed and many more were injured as storms and lightning also struck large swathes in other parts of the country.
Dust storm hits Ghaziabad. The Taj Mahal is in Agra city but officials said the monument escaped damage.
Just after the dust storm hit Delhi and the National Capital Region, Delhi, Gurugram and Noida received heavy to moderate rains. At least 70 flight diversions are in place so far due to bad weather conditions.
Power supply was cut in the city of Bharatpur, in eastern Rajasthan, as more than 1,000 electricity pylons were destroyed. There were disruptions in the Metro services as well on some routes.
Gusty winds and rain lashed the national capital, causing the temperature to drop to 25.2 degrees Celsius.
A 56-year-old woman died in Pandav Nagar after a tree branch fell on her, while a 19-year-old was killed in South East Delhi's Jaitpur after being hit by cement sheets and bricks, according to the police. In its forecast, the department said rain and thunderstorm are very likely at a few places over western Uttar Pradesh and at many places over eastern parts of the state.
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.
Another weather expert said this rise in temperatures heated up the air.
Five deaths were reported from Howrah district, while two deaths each from West Midnapore, North 24-Parganas and Nadia districts and one from Murshidabad district.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Aditynath has directed all District Magistrates and Commissioners to provide immediate relief and medical assistance to the injured.
On May 9, several parts of the state were hit by a severe storm that left 18 dead and 27 others injured. Humidity during the morning hours was recorded at 60%, the official added.