Flights diverted from Delhi airport after sudden dust storm

Flights diverted from Delhi airport after sudden dust storm

Flights diverted from Delhi airport after sudden dust storm

As per forecast, the maximum and minimum temperatures will hover around 38° C and 23° C. The India Meteorological Department had on Saturday predicted Uttarakhand, J&K and Himachal Pradesh would witness thunderstorm accompanied by squall.

Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh's Rampur District Magistrate has ordered schools in the district to remain closed tomorrow.

In Pandav Nagar area in east Delhi, Sonwati, 56, died after a tree fell on her, police added.

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

People have been complaining of delay in Metro services and the hailstorm disrupted electric supply in parts of Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.

The Met department has forecast rain and thunderstorm with gusty wind towards the end of the day. Gusty winds and rain lashed the national capital, causing the temperature to drop around 10 notches.

Humidity oscillated between 60 and 58 per cent.

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The dust storm not only affected the metro services but also led to diversion of more than 40 flights at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport. Two people died and 18 others were injured in Delhi.

♦ Heavy rain very likely at isolated places over Kerala.

Srikakulam district Collector Dhananjay Reddy told PTI that the seven casualties were reported from different mandals in the district.

Last month, a storm killed at least 15 people in Uttar Pradesh and destroyed two ancient pillars at the entryways to the Taj Mahal.

According to the state government, the casualties included five deaths in Kasganj, three in Bulandshahr, two each in Saharanpur and Ghaziabad, one each in Kannauj, Aligarh, Hapur, Gautam Buddha Nagar and Sambhal. While four youngsters lost their lives in a lightning strike in Howrah district's Uluberia, four men were killed in Nadia and West Midnapore's Ghatal and one in Murshidabad.

The boys were taken to a local hospital where they were declared brought dead, he said.

Taking note of the incident, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced to give appropriate compensation to the family of the deceased. "This is unfortunate. But we do not have control over natural calamities", she said. Those who had bought tokens were asked to return them.

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