Flights diverted from Delhi airport after sudden dust storm

Thunderstorms likely over next two days in hill states of North India says Met Department

The rain has brought the temperature of the city few notched down, giving relief to the people.

A met department officer said south Delhi's Safdarjung observatory recorded a wind speed of 109 kmph.

Power supply was affected in many areas in Delhi and Gurugram in Haryana.

Earlier this week, the Delhi government made a decision to close all evening schools on Tuesday following the weather department's warning about heavy rains and thunderstorm.

The India Meteorological Department yesterday predicted that Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh would witness thunderstorm accompanied by squall. Thunderstorm over northern hill-states and its effect in the plains is due to a western disturbance.

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.

Metro services between Indraprastha and Karol Bagh metro stations in Delhi were disrupted after a tree fell on the tracks of the route between Rajiv Chowk to RK Ashram metro stations.

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Airport, more than 180 flights were affected as the storm forced operations to be suspended.

It had also forecast parts of Rajasthan might see dust storm.

The weatherman forecast partly cloudy skies and light rainfall tomorrow.

Similarly, train services on the Blue line between Noida Sector 16 to Noida City Centre were not available since 5:15 pm due to damage to OHE wire on down section of the Blue line (towards Noida). The concerned authority will take some time to restore. An announcement has been made that due to the technical issue, services will be delayed.

Flight movements at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport have been put on hold, due to the thunderstorm. Traffic came to a crawl at several areas in Delhi as the strong wind picked up dust and swirled them around, reducing visibility. However, the movement has now resumed.

# 05:08 PM: Storm interrupts CM Arvind Kejriwal's programme in Delhi's IP Extension. South-easterly and easterly winds are creating moisture and high temperature in the region which caused the formation of thunder clouds. He adds that despite dust storm in Dehradoon and its adjoining areas Chardham yatra is continuing. After days of warning, a heavy dust storm and rain hit the national capital today evening.

"Till about 7.15 PM, over 40 diversions were reported".

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