Massive dust storm hits Delhi-NCR on Wednesday morning


Thunderstorms, squalls and gusty winds are likely to hit many parts of India including Delhi till Friday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Wednesday. The police received almost 60 calls related to fallen trees, electricity polls and wall collapses across the region.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had also shared his grief through a tweet, "Saddened by the loss of lives due to storms in some parts of the country". Reports suggest that the number of casualties could be anywhere between 80 and 100.

A boy runs for cover during a dust storm in New Delhi, India May 13, 2018.

Western disturbance is a normal phenomenon that can be observed over the western Himalayas and north Indian plains from October to March.

Fourteen people died in West Bengal, 12 in Andhra Pradesh, two in Delhi and one in Uttarakhand, a Home Ministry spokesperson said.

			16 May 2018
11:07 16 May 2018

♦ Thunderstorm/ Dust storm very likely Rajasthan.

In the eastern state of West Bengal 14 people were killed Sunday after lightning struck a house in the state capital Kolkata, including four children as thunderstorms separately ravaged several localities.

As per IMD, thunderstorms also occurred at isolated places in Uttrakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Assam, Maharashtra, Meghalaya, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka on May 13.

♦ Heavy rain at isolated places over Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram & Tripura, Kerala and Lakshadweep.

For tomorrow, the Met office has forecast partly cloudy skies along with the likelihood of rain and thundershowers with gusty winds towards evening and night.

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