Published: Mon, May 14, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

India was struck by a powerful storm

India was struck by a powerful storm

An IGIA official said the diversions took place between 4.15 p.m. and 9 p.m. The storm that struck the capital region resulted in severe traffic disruptions with 70 flights being diverted and more than two dozen delayed while Metro services on three different lines were also hampered. At least 40 flights were diverted at IGI so far due to the bad weather. The weather type is considered to be a safety risk for aviation operations.

Most of the victims were hit by falling walls, trees, electric pylons and houses caused by gale-force winds of more than 130 kilometres (80 miles) per hour.

According to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, services on the Violet Line were affected for 40 minutes as trains ran in two loops between Sarita Vihar and Escorts Mujesar, and between Nehru Place and Kashmere Gate stations from 5 pm to 5.40 pm.

On May 2, a thunderstorm killed 134 people across northern India, with hundreds more reported injured.

The Kalka-New Delhi Shatabdi Express was also stopped near Sonepat due to uprooting of trees. The humidity was recorded at 60 per cent at 8:30 am, a Meteorological (Met) department official said.

The strong winds knocked down a number of trees in the city.

While seven people were killed in Srikakulam district alone, two more were killed in Kadapa and three injured, they said.

One person was killed each in Kannauj, Aligarh and Sambhal district, while four were killed in Kasganj and two in Bulandshahr.

West Bengal took a battering from a thunderstorm that killed 12 people, including four children, while lightning claimed nine lives in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

However, Chandigarh and its surrounding areas and some parts of Haryana and Punjab were hit by a duststorm on Saturday evening followed by light rain, giving relief from the sweltering weather. "There is a circulation of a western disturbance in North-West India".

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

Five deaths were reported from Howrah district, while one person died in Murshidabad district, he said.

At least 10 persons, including five teenagers, were killed in lightning strikes as a Nor'wester accompanied by heavy rains lashed parts of the Gangetic West Bengal on Sunday afternoon.

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