Dust storm throws life out of gear in NCR

Thunderstorm and squall likely in north Indian hill states from Sunday predicts IMD

The sudden change of weather in Delhi forced airport authorities to divert at least 40 domestic and worldwide flights, an official said.

A powerful dust and rain storm demolished homes and downed power lines in northern India, killing at least 14 people, an official said Thursday, a week after another unseasonable storm caused deaths and destruction in the same region.

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

Hundreds of passengers were seen queuing up to the counters of several airlines to ask about their changed flight schedules when they got to know about the flight diversions.

There were reports of uprooting of trees from more than 12 areas in south Delhi.

An Air Vistara flight from Srinagar was diverted to Amritsar following the weather change.

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Worldwide flights from Katmandu, Riyadh, Colombo, Jeddah, Kabul were delayed even as flights from Tokyo, Newark and Colombo were diverted to other places, the sources said. "Westerly winds will form again and temperature will begin to rise after May 15", Palawat said.The rains and storm brought down trees and tree branches in some areas and led to traffic snarls, forcing two-wheeler drivers to take shelter under bridges and flyovers.

Almost 50 flights were affected after operations at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport came to a halt for almost 40 minutes due to a storm in the national capital on Sunday. Vehicles were seen pulling to the side of the road with their hazard lights blinking. Humidity during the morning hours was recorded at 60%, the official added. The Palam observatory recorded a wind speed of 96 kmph, the officer said.

The inclement weather interrupted the launch of a 140 kWp rooftop solar plant at IP Extension attended by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

The strong winds knocked down almost 200 trees in the city. The drizzle started soon after.

Shoppers were seen running helter-skelter looking for cover.

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