Powerful dust storm, rain leaves 14 dead in northern India

На Индию обрушился мощный шторм есть жертвы

The humidity was recorded at 60 per cent at 8:30 am, a Meteorological (Met) department official said.

Its forecast said parts of Rajasthan might also see a dust storm.

Thunderstorm and dust storm with winds speeds of up to 70 km per hour are "very likely" tomorrow in 26 districts of Uttar Pradesh, the weather office warned.

Delhi Metro services were also affected at several stations on the Violet and Blue lines after trees fell on overhead electricity (OHE) wires.

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However, be it the upcoming Monsoon or high-velocity duststorms, it will give no relief to people in Vidarbha, parts of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.

While seven persons were killed in Srikakulam district alone, two more were killed in Kadapa, officials said. It seriously disrupted road traffic and Metro services.

A depression is seen in South India which might extend Central India to Rayalaseema and a cyclonic circulation is seen over Comorin and adjoining Tamil Nadu. There is a likelihood of light rains with thunder towards the afternoon or evening for two more days.

# 05:04 PM: Haryana: Skies in Faridabad turn dark as strong winds and dust storm hit the region.

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N. N. Srivastava, another Uttar Pradesh state official, said the storms have affected the lives of more than 100 million residents who also lost cattle and crops.

The runways at IGI Airport were shut between 5:15 pm and 6:50 pm as the strong dust storm swept across Delhi, severely limiting visibility.

The India Meteorology Department had forecast thunderstorm accompanied with squall or gusty winds across the state on Sunday.

With western disturbances in Jammu-Kashmir beginning to move eastwards, a dust-storm was observed over isolated places in West Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttrakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi on Wednesday. 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.

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