India dust storms: At least 39 dead in four states

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

Airline travel in Delhi was changed, together with around 70 flights being diverted from the city's airport terminal on Sunday evening. Uttarakhand, Jammu & Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh are likely to witness thunderstorm accompanied with squall, while parts of Rajasthan might see dust storm over the next two days, sources said.

"Saddened by the loss of lives due to storms in some parts of the country".

Charan Singh, Scientist of Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said that the thunderstorm will continue for the next 48 to 72 hours. At least 13 people were injured in Sambhal, three in Bulandshahr and 12 in Auraiyya, said the state government spokesperson.

A woman died after a tree fell on her in east Delhi's Pandav Nagar. Four incidents of wall collapse were reported from various parts of Delhi, a Fire Service officer said.

Five persons have been reported dead in Kasganj and one in the temple town of Vrindavan. Two people were killed and 18 injured in Delhi's dust storm.

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Delhiites woke up to a sunny morning with the mercury touching 40 degrees during the day but the sky turned cloudy around 4:30 pm. Many individuals were murdered within the state of West Bengal, whereas two different people are confirmed dead in Delhi. Traffic came to a crawl at several areas in Delhi as the strong wind picked up dust and swirled them around, reducing visibility.

The strong winds knocked down almost 200 trees in the city.

While the maximum temperature in Chandrapur shot up to 47.3 degree Celsius on Friday, mercury may hit 43 degree Celsius with heat waves spread across the National Capital region in mid of May.

Due to the uprooting of trees, vehicular traffic on the busy G.T. road near Orai was disrupted for more than four hours. The dust storm interrupted a programme that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was to attend at IP Extension.

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