IMD warns of thunderstorm, squall in Uttar Pradesh in next 48 hours

Thunderstorm, squall likely in UP in next two days

The dramatic change in weather, however, did bring respite to residents from the sweltering heat.

According to MeT department officials, the Safdarjung Observatory gauged 8.3 mm of rainfall. Four incidents of wall collapse were reported from various parts of Delhi, a Fire Service officer said.

More than 70 incoming flights were canceled from the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) and Lucknow Airport on Sunday, with people left at the airport without power.

Dusty storm interrupts CM Arvind Kejriwal's programme in Delhi's IP Extension.

Earlier in the day, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted mercury drop from Sunday onwards.

Dust storms were also reported in areas of East Delhi, Noida, Ghaziabad and Gurgaon. Speaking to ANI, Charan Singh, Scientist, Indian Meteorological Department said,"There is a circulation of a western disturbance in North West India". "It was the hottest morning of the season", an IMD official said. "May the injured recover soon", Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Twitter.

Seven persons were struck dead by lightning, while three others were injured in Srikakulam in Andhra Pradesh.

# 07:08 PM: Dust storm lashed Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh. The Magenta Line was also hit. People are leaving the metro as it has not been moving since last half an hour.

As many as 62 flights, including at least four worldwide ones, were diverted to nearby airports.

In Uttar Pradesh, 21 people, including a tourist from Maharashtra, died and 28 were injured due to inclement weather conditions, according to reports. The movement has now resumed.

The sky turned dark grey around 4:30 pm. Ten domestic flights were diverted to nearby airports.

The dust storm also claimed lives of eight people in Andhra Pradesh- six in Srikakulam and one each in Vizianagaram and Kadapa district, said Andhra Pradesh State Disaster Management Authority.

On Sunday afternoon, strong winds, accompanied by dust, followed by rain, lashed the city bringing a sudden change in the weather. Visuals from Delhi's Vijay Chowk.

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

Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand may experience hail too, while there are high chances of duststorm at some places in Rajasthan.



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