Trees fall as dust storm engulf Delhi-NCR region

Posted May 09, 2018

A dust storm, with a wind speed of 70 kilometres per hour, hit the national capital and other parts of the country, followed by a squall on Monday night.

No casualties were reported in the dust storm that hit the national Capital on Monday night, but the storm caused power cuts and uprooted trees in areas such as Mayur Vihar, Janakpuri and Dwarka.

According to the IMD forecast, thunderstorm accompanied by dust-storm with wind-speed reaching 50-70kmph and hail is very likely at isolated places in Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Chandigarh, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and eastern Rajasthan. All schools in Ghaziabad will also remain closed on Tuesday. In every district of Delhi, search and rescue teams have been put on standby.

In the list of "dos and don'ts", the government has advised people to try to stay indoors and staff off verandas and keep a watch on local weather updates and warnings.

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Parts of Delhi witnessed a dust storm coupled with a drizzle in the evening on Tuesday.

Seeing the weather warning, the Delhi Metro is also treading with extreme caution in running of trains. They urged the commuters to not travel during the storm.

The Delhi Traffic Police on Monday evening had issued an advisory and also alerted the field formations to be ready to handle obstacles such as fallen trees that were removed immediately to avoid traffic chaos. All the states have been alerted and schools across Haryana, Himachal Pradesh remained closed with the prior warnings.

Delhi Metro has released a statement regarding the dust storm, "If wind speed is reported in the range of 70-90 kmph, then train movement will remain normal but trains will enter with a restricted speed of 40kmph or less at platforms on elevated sections".

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There is a condition of blackout in many towns and villages. More than 40 people were died last week in Agra because of thunderstorms.

With the shift, weather conditions across northern states including Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and Rajasthan are likely to return to normal, while thunderstorms are expected at isolated places in the north-eastern states of Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura.

Isolated places in Tamil Nadu, south interior Karnataka and Kerala could witness heavy rains along with thunder-storm.

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