Powerful dust storm, rain leaves 14 dead in northern India

Uttarakhand, J&K and Himachal likely to face thunderstorm: IMD

High-velocity winds swept across the National Capital Region (NCR) on Sunday evening, throwing life out of gear. 10 domestic flights were also diverted to nearby airports. Vistara's Srinagar flight to Delhi has been diverted to Amritsar following bad weather conditions.

There are chances that Chhattisgarh, East Madhya Pradesh, Vidarbha, South Madhya Maharashtra might face thundershowers and dust storm.

Following the bad weather, flight movements at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport were also put on hold.

- ANI (@ANI) May 13, 2018Delhi: Dust storm, strong winds and rainfall hit the national capital, visuals from Janpath area.

In its latest forecast, the department has also predicted an increase in maximum temperatures by at least 3 degrees Celsius during the next 2-3 days, due to north-westerly winds prevailing over the region. The humidity was recorded at 60 per cent at 8:30 am, a Meteorological (Met) department official said.

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Several parts of Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh are also likely to witness another spell of thundershowers and dust storms accompanied with gusty winds and squall in the next few 48 hours.

A squall and sudden dust storm with a wind speed of up to 109 kmph accompanied by light rain hit Delhi on Sunday evening after a scorching day, a Met department official said.

Thunderstorm over these hill-states states and its subsequent effect on plains in north Indian is due to a new western disturbance from tomorrow. On Wesnesday, five people died in Etawah district, three each in Mathura, Aligarh and Agra, two in Firozabad and one each in Hathras and Kanpur Dehat.

Subsequently on May 9, several parts of Uttar Pradesh were struck by a severe storm that left 18 dead and 27 others injured. Fallen branches were seen blocking some roads in south Delhi areas, leading to long traffic jam.

IMD has warned that temperature can range between 47 and 50 degree celsius in the upcoming weeks of May and June.

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