Many killed as storm, rain hit UP, AP, West Bengal, Delhi-NCR

Thunderstorms

Airline Vistara's Srinagar-Delhi flight was diverted to Amritsar following bad weather conditions in Delhi-NCR.

On Sunday, thunderstorm accompanied with gusty winds is also likely at isolated places over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh & Delhi, Assam & Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram & Tripura, Vidarbha, Chhattisgarh, south Madhya Maharashtra, South Interior Karnataka, Lakshadweep, Kerala and Tamilnadu and Puducherry.

The two deceased included a woman from Pandav Nagar and a youth from Jaitpur area, the lady reportedly died after a tree branch fell on her whereas a person in Jaitpur was hit by a cement sheet that fell on him. Gusty winds and rain lashed the national capital, causing the temperature to drop around 10 notches to 25.2 degrees Celsius.

One person was killed each in Kannauj, Aligarh and Sambhal district, while four were killed in Kasganj and two in Bulandshahr. No casualty or injury was reported in the incidents, the officer said.

Clear skies and low wind speeds before Sunday had led to temperatures in the 40-43 degrees Celsius range last week, said Kuldeep Srivastava, a senior scientist with the regional meteorological office in Delhi.

In the wake of this massive storm, flight movement at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport has been put on hold.

Similar unseasonal powerful dust storms and thunder showers in the past two weeks have left 200 people injured in five Indian states.

At several places in north India including Delhi, high-velocity winds uprooted trees and affected road, rail and air services.

Operations at the Delhi airport came to a halt due to the dust storm.

Similarly, train services on the Blue line between Noida Sector 16 to Noida City Centre were not available since 5:15 pm due to damage to OHE wire on down section of the Blue line (towards Noida). Humidity during the morning hours was recorded at 60 per cent, a MeT official said.

Normal services on this section was restored at 7:37 pm, it said. There is no problem anywhere in the network, the DMRC said in the statement.

At least 18 people were killed by hail and thunderstorms that brought down walls, trees and power pylons in Uttar Pradesh state, emergency officials said.

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