New Delhi dust storm wreaks havoc

New Delhi dust storm wreaks havoc

A dust storm hit the national capital early today, killing an 18-year-old man and injuring 13 others, although the sun shone brightly the rest of the day with the maximum temperature settling at 40.2 degrees Celsius. Sohail of northeast Delhi's Gokal Puri area was killed after a wall collapsed on him while he was sleeping in his house.

India's meteorological department yesterday issued a fresh warning of a thunderstorm accompanied by gusty winds in the national capital and its outskirts. Of the 136 people injured in lightning strikes and thunderstorms, 123 were from U.P., 11 from Delhi and two from Uttarakhand. The police received almost 60 calls related to uprooted trees, fallen electricity polls and wall collapses across the region. Four persons were injured in east Delhi while two persons sustained minor injuries in south Delhi, they added.

India's state-run broadcaster All India Radio (AIR), quoting the latest warning, said thunderstorm accompanied by gusty winds would very likely take place at isolated places. A dust storm was also predicted for some isolated parts of Rajasthan. Fourteen vehicles - 13 cars and a motorcycle - were damaged in it, the police said.

IMD issues fresh thunderstorm warning, says may hit north India within three days

At least 80 people lost their lives, in the storm that assaulted the northern states of the country, with Uttar Pradesh being the worst, with 50 deaths.

"The sky will be generally cloudy with the possibility of light rains or drizzle", the Indian Express quoted an IMD official as saying.

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.

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