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53 killed, 39 in UP, due to lightning, thunderstorms: MHA

53 killed, 39 in UP, due to lightning, thunderstorms: MHA

Likewise, Delhi Metro services were hampered in wake of the storm, following which thousands of commuters were stuck on the metro stations.

The storm brought down walls, uprooted trees and snapped power connection in many regions.

Air travel in Delhi was also affected, with around 70 flights being diverted from the city's worldwide airport on Sunday night.

Now, train services on all lines of the Delhi metro are running as per normal schedule after fix of overhead electricity (OHE) wires.

The temperature was today recorded at 30.6 degrees Celsius.

But the sky turned cloudy around 4:30pm and gusty winds started sweeping the city soon after.

While seven people were killed in Srikakulam district alone, two more were killed in Kadapa and three injured, they said. The thunderstorm is likely to continue over the next two-three days, Charan Singh, a scientist with the Indian Meteorological Department, told ANI.

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Thunderstorm and squall are likely to hit Uttar Pradesh in the next two days, the meteorological department has warned. Private airline Vistara's Srinagar-Delhi flight was diverted to Amritsar because of the weather, it said in a tweet.

Awasthi says at least nine people lost their lives and another 23 were injured in various parts of the state. The dust storm interrupted an event Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal was to attend in east Delhi.

# 07:38 PM: 5 persons died due to lightning and thunderstorm in Andhra Pradesh's Srikakulam district, according to NDMA.

K Sathi Devi, the head of the National Weather Forecasting Centre, said two western disturbances had led to the inclement weather.

The strong winds knocked down 189 trees in the city.

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

One person was killed in Ghaziabad's Lalkuan area after a tree fell on a vehicle and a six-year-old died in Hapur after falling in a tube well tank due to the squall. The MET office has forecast thunderstorm accompanied with gusty winds at isolated places in various districts of Telangana and south coastal Andhra till Monday.