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Dust storm hits Delhi-NCR

16 May 2018, 02:16 | Opal Carroll

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At least 13 people were injured in Delhi.

As many as 59 calls about fallen trees, five calls about fallen electricity poles and 11 calls about hoardings/wall collapse were received by the PCR, police said.

The advisory came hours after a massive dust storm hit Delhi and national capital region (NCR) early Wednesday at around 3:00 a.m. local time, uprooting trees and disrupting power supply.

Strong winds and dust storm, followed by light showers were witnessed across the national capital, as reported by ANI.

This was the second such storm that hit Delhi and its adjoining areas in last three days.

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On Tuesday evening, the India Meteorological Department had issued a fresh warning for heavy rains and thunderstorm to hit the region in the later part of the evening.

Thunderstorms, dust storms, rainfall during summers have been a normal phenomenon in northern India. "The frequency of western disturbance is unusually high", Mahesh Pahlawat, vice-president (Meteorology and Climate Change) at Skymet, told The Indian Express.

The met department had on Tuesday predicted thunderstorms and gusty winds for the day in some parts of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and east Uttar Pradesh.

Subsequently on May 9, several parts of Uttar Pradesh were struck by a severe storm that left 18 dead and 27 others injured. Almost two weeks ago, 134 people were killed while 400 others were injured after a massive dust and thunderstorm hit Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Telangana, Uttarakhand and Punjab.

Trees fell down on vehicles in several areas due to strong winds and dust storm in the national capital.



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