Published: Sun, May 13, 2018
Medical | By Marta Holmes

Storms kill at least 40 in northern India

Storms kill at least 40 in northern India

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.

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

The sudden change of weather in Delhi forced airport authorities to divert at least 40 domestic and global flights, an official said.

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A total of 31 domestic flights and six global flights were delayed after the storm hit Delhi early evening.

Indira Gandhi International Airport was closed for more than two hours because of the winds.

Meanwhile, the maximum at Safdarjung settled at 42.2 degrees Celsius which is three notches above the normal levels while the minimum settled at 30.6 degrees which is five degrees above the normal levels.

Humidity during the morning hours was recorded at 60 per cent, the official added.

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Weather department forecasts thunderstorms in various states which includes Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and few places of Uttarakhand. It had also forecast parts of Rajasthan might see dust storm. "So, there will be significant decrease in thunderstorm activity over north-western states until 13 May, when a fresh western disturbance is likely to affect the West Himalayan region and cause thunderstorms in north region", said an IMD official. Fallen branches were seen blocking some roads in south Delhi areas, leading to long traffic jam.

On Wednesday night, four people died in Etawah district, three each in Mathura and Aligarh districts and one each in Agra, Aligarh, Kanpur and Firozabad towns in Uttar Pradesh state, Ujjawal Kumar, another state government official, said.

Subsequently on May 9, several parts of Uttar Pradesh were struck by a severe storm that left 18 dead and 27 others injured. Thousands of commuters were stuck on the winding and busy Blue Line, which links Dwarka in west Delhi to Noida and Vaishali in Uttar Pradesh, for more than 45 minutes.

While seven persons were killed in Srikakulam district alone, two more were killed in Kadapa, officials said.

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The temperature was today recorded at 30.6 degrees Celsius.

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