Published: Sun, May 13, 2018
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

Thunderstorm likely in north India tomorrow: IMD

Thunderstorm likely in north India tomorrow: IMD

A new wave of violent sand and thunder storms hit northern India on Sunday killing more than 40 people and leaving widespread disruption, authorities said.

On Saturday evening, Ludhiana in Punjab experienced a sudden change in weather which led to almost night-like skies. UP was the worst affected, accounting for 80 deaths, majority in Agra district in the western part of the state.

- ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) May 13, 2018Flight movements at #Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport put on hold, due to the thunderstorm.

IMD has warned that temperature can range between 47 and 50 degree celsius in the upcoming weeks of May and June.

Metro services between Indraprastha and Karol Bagh metro stations were disrupted after a tree fell on the tracks.

However, the relief to Delhi residents came after a sweltering day, when the maximum temperature had reached 40.60 degrees Celsius, a notch above the normal, the meteorological department official said.

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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. This thunderstorm will continue for the next 48 to 72 hours, said Charan Singh, Scientist, Indian Meteorological Department on weather change.

Subsequently on May 9, several parts of Uttar Pradesh were struck by a severe storm that left 18 dead and 27 others injured. Airport officials said 70 flights were diverted from Delhi and over two dozens were delayed.

The strong winds knocked down a number of trees in the city. The storm interrupts CM Arvind Kejriwal's programme in Delhi's IP Extension.

"Western Disturbances over Jammu and Kashmir have begun to weaken and is moving eastwards".

# 05:22 PM: Delhi: Dust storm, strong winds and rainfall hit the national capital.

Similar weather conditions were reported from nearby areas such as Faridabad, Gurugram, Noida and Ghaziabad.

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