Sand storms and rain kills at least 40 in northern India

Aaron Brown
May 14, 2018

The inclement weather interrupted the launch of a 140 kWp rooftop solar plant at IP Extension attended by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. Thunderstorm over hill states and its subsequent effect on plains in North India is due to a new western disturbance. "It was the hottest morning of the season", an IMD official said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to twitter to condole the lives lost due to thunderstorm.

# 07:38 PM: 5 persons died due to lightning and thunderstorm in Andhra Pradesh's Srikakulam district, according to NDMA. The disruptions took place because trees got toppled and hit and damaged overhead wires on the winding Blue Line and the equally busy Violet Line, the spokesman told IANS.

# 06:42 PM: "We had forecasted that the weather will be adverse for 2-3 days".

In the evening, the state government had warned that hail thunderstorm, with winds speed of up to 70 km per hour, accompanied with squall and rain are very likely in parts of Badaun, Bareilly, Pilibhit, Lakhimpur, Shajhanpur, Sitpur, Hardoi, Lucknow, Barabanki, Raebareli, Sultanpur, Faizabad, Jaunpur, Azamgarh, Allahabad, Mirzapur, Sant Ravidas Nagar districts.

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Delhi Metro operations were also hit.

Heat wave conditions continued to prevail in most parts of Haryana and Punjab on Saturday with the mercury soaring to 45ºC in Hisar town in Haryana. The movement has now resumed. MeT officials said that two squalls whipped through Delhi - one clocking 109 kmph hit the Safdarjung area at 4.44 pm and continued till 4.46 pm. Flights from Tokyo, Newark and Colombo were diverted to other airports, people familiar with the matter said.

Dust storms and thunderstorms wreaked havoc in Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh and the national capital, killing at least 41 people and leaving behind a trail of destruction.

The sudden change of weather in Delhi forced airport authorities to divert at least 10 domestic flights, an official said. South-easterly and easterly winds are creating moisture and high temperature in the region which caused the formation of thunder clouds. The Met office also predicted of very light rain or thunderstorm at isolated places on May 15, May 16 and May 17. Visuals from Delhi's Vijay Chowk.

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