Massive Delhi dust storm disrupts metro services, flights grounded
A massive dust storm hit the national capital and its adjoining areas this afternoon, with speedy winds disrupting electricity supply and metro services. Flights at the Delhi airport have been grounded. Fresh thunderstorms are expected to hit parts of J&K, Uttarakhand, UP and Himachal Pradesh in the next few hours. Intense dust storms have been predicted in Rajasthan,
A thunderstorm accompanied with squall with wind speed reaching 50-70 km/hr are "very likely" at isolated places over east UP, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Gangetic West Bengal, Odisha, and Jharkhand. Heat wave conditions are very likely at one or two pockets over Rajasthan, west Madhya Pradesh and Vidarbha. Several states in North India have witnessed erratic weather pattern over the fortnight.
"Thunderstorm accompanied with gusty winds also very likely at isolated places over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, west Uttar Pradesh, Vidarbha, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Telangana, north coastal Andhra Pradesh, south interior Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Lakshadweep, and Kerala," an Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) advisory said.
Last week, at least 124 people were killed in intense dust storms and thunderstorms in North India, including Delhi, Rajasthan, UP and Haryana, as well as Jharkhand and Telangana. The May 2 storms were the most lethal in six years, IMD said. Previously, the worst thunderstorm since 2013 took place in Bihar in April 2015, when 65 people died.