Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Dust storm in capital claims one life, several injured

Dust storm in capital claims one life, several injured

A powerful dust storm accompanied with rain and squall hit Delhi-NCR this morning. So far, there were no reports of casualties.

New Delhi woke up to strong winds accompanied by dust Wednesday, May 16, and the weather is likely to remain the same for a while. Also, the sources are saying that two people died in Delhi and one died in Uttarakhand, as per the ministry spokesperson reports.

At least one person was killed and 13 injured in the dust storm that hit the national capital in the early hours of Wednesday.

On Sunday, heavy dust storm, followed by rain and lightning, also hit the city and several states, claiming 90 lives, besides injuring over 150.

After several parts of India witnessed severe weather conditions in the last few days, which even killed over 50 people, the Indian Meteorological Department has issued a fresh thunderstorm alert in the Delhi-NCR region. Meanwhile, on Tuesday, the IMD had predicted that the wind speeds could reach approximately 74 km per hour.

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At several places in north India including Delhi, high-velocity winds uprooted trees and affected road, rail and air services.

In Andhra Pradesh state in the south, at least 12 people were killed by lightning, said M.V. Sheshagiri Babu, the state's relief commissioner.

Walls, trees and power pylons were taken down in Uttar Pradesh state by hail, wind and thunderstorms, leaving 48 dead, according to T.P. Gupta of the state disaster management department.

The devastation comes over fortnight after storms hit Uttar Pradesh (UP), Rajasthan, Telangana, Uttarakhand and Punjab, killing 134 people and injuring over 400.

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