Powerful dust storm, rain leaves 14 dead in northern India

Thunderstorm and squall likely in north Indian hill states from Sunday predicts IMD

40 killed as storm and lightning wreak havoc in Delhi-NCR, UP, Bengal, Andhra Pradesh

In a sudden change of weather, the sky turned cloudy around 4:30 pm and gusty winds swept the city. UP was the worst affected, accounting for 80 deaths, majority in Agra district in the western part of the state.

With this, dust storm, and thunderstorm are expected over Delhi and its adjoining areas of Noida, Gurugram, Ghaziabad, Faridabad during the evening hours of today. "Temperature would be around 45 degree Celsius in Jaipur in the months of May and June". It seriously disrupted road traffic and Metro services.

In its latest forecast, the department has also predicted an increase in maximum temperatures by at least 3 degrees Celsius during the next 2-3 days, due to north-westerly winds prevailing over the region.

Humidity during the morning hours was recorded at 60 per cent, the official added.

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.

# 07:11 PM: More than 40 flight diversions at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport as bad weather conditions continue in the region.

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A similar unseasonal powerful dust storm and thundershowers a week ago left more than 120 people dead and another 200 injured in five Indian states.

The dust storm interrupted a programme that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was to attend in east Delhi's IP Extension, news agency ANI reported.

The strong winds knocked down almost 200 trees in the city.

A few passenger and freight trains were held up for around 25 minutes because of the disruption.

Meanwhile, the weather office has warned that thunderstorm and dust storm with wind speeds of up to 70 km per hour were "very likely" on May 14 in 26 districts of Uttar Pradesh.

K Sathi Devi, the head of the National Weather Forecasting Centre, said two western disturbances had led to the inclement weather.

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