Dust storm, rain hit Delhi-NCR, air services disrupted briefly

Dust storm, rain hit Delhi-NCR, air services disrupted briefly”

The dust storm also swept parts of West Bengal state and southern Andhra Pradesh state.

Around 40 flights were diverted at the IGI Airport and metro services were hit in several parts of Delhi-NCR region.

Vistara in a statement said, "Due to severe weather that impacted Delhi, over 70 flights across multiple airlines were diverted and many more delayed and cancelled". In Srikakulam district, two deaths were reported from each of Patapatnam and Meliyaputti blocks.

On the other hand, nine people have died due to lightning in Andhra Pradesh on Sunday.

Five deaths were reported from Howrah district's Uluberia sub-division, while there were two deaths each in Paschim Midnapore, North 24 Parganas and Nadia districts, and one in Murshidabad district, he said.

Around 40 flights which were to land at the Delhi Airport were diverted.

Worldwide flights from Katmandu, Riyadh, Colombo, Jeddah, Kabul were delayed even as flights from Tokyo, Newark and Colombo were diverted to other places, the sources said.

After closing runways for some time, all operations pertaining to flights were resumed later, the official said.

The air traffic operations began to normalise by 9 pm and the backlogs were clearing fast, they said.

The Metro services were disrupted as a tree fell on one of the tracks. There is no problem anywhere in the network, the DMRC said in the statement. In South Delhi's Palam area, a man was injured after the wall of his house collapsed.

The weather office has said thunderstorms are expected across north-west India over the next 48 to 72 hours, as several weather phenomena, including western disturbances, converge.

On Saturday, IMD had said Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh would witness thunderstorm accompanied by squall today. "Thunderstorms are occurring due to circulation of a western disturbance in North West India and strong easterlies". Met predicted thunderstorms accompanied by light rain for northern India over the next two to three days.

Uttar Pradesh bore the brunt of the hailstorm which left at least 39 people dead, while 12 people including four children were killed in West Bengal, nine in Andhra Pradesh, and two in Delhi.

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