Monday, 21 May, 2018

Massive dust storm hits Delhi-NCR; 8 killed in Andhra Pradesh

Thunderstorm and squall likely in north Indian hill states from Sunday predicts IMD Deadly dust storms ravage northern India, killing close to 100
Johnnie Parks | 13 May, 2018, 22:18

A depression extending from Haryana to Nagaland which might result in dust storm and thundershowers at Punjab, Haryana, West Uttar Pradesh and few parts of North Rajasthan.

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

Also, Western Disturbance is noticed over North Pakistan and adjoining Jammu and Kashmir which might result in light to moderate rain and thundershowers. People are leaving the metro as it has not been moving since last half an hour.

According to the official, several inbound flights to Delhi were diverted to Amritsar, Lucknow, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Jammu and Dehradun.

Nine Delhi-bound flights were also forced to make an emergency landing at Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport, Lucknow, after Air Traffic Control (ATC) didn't permit them to land at IGI due to bad weather conditions. The movement was, however, soon resumed.

Meanwhile, the weather office has warned that thunderstorm and dust storm with wind speeds of up to 70 km per hour were "very likely" on May 14 in 26 districts of Uttar Pradesh.

It was a sultry morning in the national capital with IMD predicting dust storm accompanied by squall towards the night.

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# 05:08 PM: Storm interrupts CM Arvind Kejriwal's programme in Delhi's IP Extension.

Dark storm clouds gathered over the capital, battering the city with high winds.

# 04:51 PM: Dust storm hits the National Capital Region (NCR).

The monsoon will reach the Andaman and Nicobar Islands on May 20 and is expected to advance further to Sri Lanka and over East Central Bay of Bengal on May 24, Mahesh Palawat, Vice President (Meteorology and Climate Change) of Skymet, said. A dust-storm has also been predicted over West Madhya Pradesh.

Yesterday, the maximum settled at a whopping 43.2 degrees Celsius at the Palam observatory with the minimums today being recorded at 28.8 degrees, both three degrees above the normal levels.

On Saturday, the maximum temperature settled at 42.2 degrees C, 3 notches above normal for the season.

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