Published: Mon, May 14, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Dust storm: Delhi Metro services halted after tree falls on track

Dust storm: Delhi Metro services halted after tree falls on track

Two persons died and 18 others were injured in Delhi when a squall and powerful dust storm barrelled through the national capital on Sunday, police said.

Metro operations were affected at a number of stations on the Violet and Blue lines after trees fell on overhead electricity (OHE) wires.

People have been complaining of delay in Metro services and the hailstorm disrupted electric supply in parts of Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.

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

Most of the victims were hit by falling walls, trees, electric pylons and houses caused by gale-force winds of more than 130 kilometres (80 miles) per hour. Now, train services on all lines of the Delhi metro are running as per normal schedule after fix of overhead electricity (OHE) wires.

At least 12 people were killed by lightning in the Howrah, Western Midnapore and North Pargana districts of West Bengal state, the agency said.

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The people who were along with the lady had a miraculous escape while they were out for a walk and when the gutsy winds struck. The Met official said Sunday morning was the hottest of the season, with minimum temperature recorded at 30.6 degrees Celsius, five notches above the season's average.

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Humidity oscillated between 60 and 58 per cent. Vistara said its Delhi-bound flights from Srinagar, Lucknow, Bhubaneswar, Mumbai and Goa were diverted.

The Kalka-New Delhi Shatabdi Express was also stopped near Sonepat due to uprooting of trees.

The Palam, Aya Nagar and Lodhi Road areas recorded 0.8, 6.4 and 2.1 mm of precipitation.

Delhi weather has been playing enough see saws already with the weather taking a U turn during the evening hours and being hot as hell during the day time.

"A cloud mass passed over Delhi".

"Delhi falls within the trough, but now this will move towards western Uttar Pradesh".

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

The hills of Himachal Pradesh will get more thunderstorms accompanying squalls for the next two days, the Met Office said on Sunday.

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