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Delhi dust storm: Metro services disrupted, over 60 flights diverted

Delhi dust storm: Metro services disrupted, over 60 flights diverted

The Delhi Police said two people were killed during the dust storm and 18 were injured.

On Saturday evening, Ludhiana in Punjab experienced a sudden change in weather which led to almost night-like skies.

# 07:11 PM: More than 40 flight diversions at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport as bad weather conditions continue in the region.

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

The Delhi Fire Service said it received over 30 calls linked to falling trees and two calls related to wall collapse within two hours of the storm hitting the national capital.

"Till 9 p.m. more than 70 flights have been diverted and a few outbound flights have been delayed due to the ongoing weather condition", the official told IANS.

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- ANI (@ANI) May 13, 2018Delhi: Dust storm, strong winds and rainfall hit the national capital, visuals from Janpath area.

Maximum temperature in the day is likely to hover around 40 degrees C, the weatherman said.

The storm with winds blowing up to 100 kilometers (60 miles) per hour swept western parts of Uttar Pradesh state on Wednesday night, toppling trees and demolishing dozens of mud and brick homes, said Avanish Awasthi, a state government official. Thunderstorm over these hill-states and its subsequent effect on plains in north Indian is due to a new western disturbance, the IMD had said.

Thunderstorm accompanied with squall with wind speed reaching 50-70 kilometres per hour are "very likely" at isolated places over east Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Gangetic West Bengal, Odisha and Jharkhand, it said.

A similar unseasonal powerful dust storm and thundershowers a week ago left more than 120 people dead and another 200 injured in five Indian states. A dust-storm has also been predicted over West Madhya Pradesh.

The Violet Line, one of the six lines of the Delhi Metro that connects Kashmere Gate in north Delhi to Escorts Mujesar in Faridabad in Haryana, was also disrupted.