23 killed after heavy rain, dust storms lash parts of India

Thunderstorms likely over next two days in hill states of North India says Met Department

Thunderstorms likely over next two days in hill states of North India says Met Department

Three people lost their lives to storm-related incidents at Greater Noida and Ghaziabad's Lal Kuan area on Sunday evening.

Mr Kumar advised BBC Hindi a lot more than thirty men and women was injured at Uttar Pradesh.

Officials told BBC Hindi that casualties could go up further.

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A powerful dust storm and heavy rain have struck parts of India, killing at least 23 people, injuring more than 40 and taking the death toll in similar unseasonal storms this month to 157. On Wesnesday, five people died in Etawah district, three each in Mathura, Aligarh and Agra, two in Firozabad and one each in Hathras and Kanpur Dehat. Airport was under prolonged severe weather during 1630-1930 hrs. Forty-seven flights were diverted.

"Till 9 pm more than 70 flights have been diverted and a few outbound flights have been delayed due to the ongoing weather condition", the official added. The Kalka-New Delhi Shatabdi Express was also stopped near Sonepat due to uprooting of trees. Delhi Metro service was also stopped for 30 minutes. According to officials, trains on the Violet Line were run in two loops (Sarita Vihar-Escorts Mujesar and Nehru Place- Kashmere Gate) from 5 pm to 5.40 pm after a "tree fell on the overhead line between Okhla and Jasola stations". There is no problem anywhere in the network, the DMRC said in the statement.

In southwest Delhi's Najafgarh area, two persons were injured after the tin roof of their house collapsed. "This thunderstorm will continue for the next 48 to 72 hours", Charan Singh, Scientist, Indian Meteorological Department said.

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The India Meteorological Department yesterday predicted that Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh would witness thunderstorm accompanied by squall. According to ANI, the storm also disrupted an event at IP Extension that was being attended by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal when the winds blew off parts of the stage.

Meanwhile, the Met office has forecast thunderstorm accompanied with gusty winds at isolated places in various districts of Telangana on Sunday and Monday, even as some parts of the state are likely to record maximum temperature between 42ºC and 44ºC.

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