India : 40 people killed, 70 flights diverted due to dust storm
At least 40 people died on Sunday 13 May as persistent rain and thunderstorms swept all over India. Strong dust storms, accompanied by heavy rainfall and lightning, uprooted trees and brought down fencing structures and walls. In Uttar Pradesh, 18 people were killed. 8 died in Andhra Pradesh and 3 in Telangana, as per latest information. 9 individuals were also killed in West Bengal and 5 in New Delhi, according to reports. These stormy conditions are expected to prevail over the next 2 to 3 days.
On Sunday evening, flight operations were interrupted for more than 1 hour. In addition, about 70 flights were diverted from Indira Gandhi International Airport. Railway services came to a standstill too. Numerous trains were stuck on their respective metro lines for almost 45 minutes. As a precautionary measure, the carriers were driven at lesser speeds than usual.
At about 5 p.m, outdoor visibility was extremely limited across New Delhi. A powerful gust of wind toppled tree branches and trees in some regions, disrupting traffic fluidity.
“Saddened by the loss of lives due to storms in some parts of the country… asked officials to provide all possible assistance to those affected,” PM Narendra Modi tweeted.
Less than two weeks before, an ultraviolent dust storm, followed by torrential rains had created widespread devastation across 5 states, including Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. The profusely adverse weather had claimed the lives of more than 100 people and destroyed many houses.