IMD predicts rain, squall over next 72 hours

На Индию обрушился мощный шторм есть жертвы

Last week 18 people were killed in thunderstorm and rain-related incidents in Uttar Pradesh. Two were killed and three injured in Kadapa distict, sources said. One person was killed in Aligarh.

In West Bengal seven people and in Delhi one person lost their lives.

The death toll could increase as information on the extent of the tragedy was still pouring in.

A sudden dust storm and rain hit several parts of Punjab and Haryana, including Faridabad and Gurgaon, on Sunday evening.

An advisory was issued to avoid travelling to the high hills of Kullu, Sirmaur, Chamba, Lahaul and Spiti and Kinnaur districts as chances of snow and rain are high over the next 24 hours, a government spokesperson said. The subsequent effect on the plains of northern India is also predicted.

More than 40 flight were diverted from Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport as bad weather conditions continue in the region, said the latest report by ANI.

In Ghaziabad, one person was killed and four others were injured after a tree fell on them near Lal Kuan Shiv temple during the thunderstorm.

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The operations of nearly all the airlines - domestic and global - were affected as the runway had to be closed down and the flight services suspended for a while, the sources said.

The services between the Indraprastha and Karol Bagh metro stations of blue line were disrupted after a tree fell on the track between Rajiv Chowk and RK Ashram Marg metro stations. Many houses were razed to the ground, hoardings and trees uprooted and power outages reported from various cities and towns.

According to an airport official, the wide-spread disruptions can also be attributed to the time of the storm which hit the airport during the rush hours and continued for over two hours.

The inclement weather interrupted the launch of a 140 kWp rooftop solar plant at IP Extension attended by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

In Pandav Nagar area in east Delhi, Sonwati, 56, died after a tree fell on her, police added. Two DTC buses got stuck there.

All traffic police cranes were deployed while disaster management vehicles of traffic and municipal bodies were being also involved in removing bigger trees which were uprooted, they said.

Telangana and Andhra Pradesh have been experiencing thunderstorm and unseasonal rains for more than a week.

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