Thunderstorm, winds to bring relief to Gurugram this week
Gurugram might get some relief from sweltering heat as experts have predicted thunderstorms and strong winds this week. "A thunderstorm with squall and lightning is expected from Wednesday to Friday," IMD said. The city has been reeling under unbearable heat for the past week, with temperatures hitting 41 degrees yesterday. Thunderstorms are expected to bring it down to 39 or 38 degrees.
Impossible to venture out between 12-4PM due to unbearable heat
While the temperature remained high yesterday, humidity was recorded around 30%. The heat between 12PM and 4PM made it impossible to venture out, even though temperatures felt lower than the past week, residents said. Gusty winds hit Delhi, Noida, Gurugram and Ghaziabad at a speed of 40kmph on June 1, which did pull down mercury levels but also caused power outages.
In some areas, power department cut electricity as standard procedure
While some areas faced blackouts since the electricity poles got damaged due to winds, in some areas, power was cut off deliberately by the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN), following standard procedure. "We cut off power supply whenever there's a storm as a precaution measure," said KC Aggarwal, superintending engineer, DHBVN. Though the winds were strong, there were no reports of casualty.
Unfortunate states: Deaths, crops damaged in UP, Uttarakhand
UP and Uttarakhand also faced intense storms late last week. Almost 20 died in both the states as walls collapsed, trees and poles fell, and lightning struck. Crops were damaged in Uttarakhand, where storm was combined with cloudbursts and rains. Rescue teams of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police had to be deployed. In UP, district heads were ordered to dispatch relief within 24 hours.