Thunderstorm: Several Dead Across UP, Delhi

Thunderstorms likely over next two days in hill states of North India says Met Department

Thunderstorms likely over next two days in hill states of North India says Met Department

"Many trees were uprooted and electricity poles fell down on Sunday following rain and dust storm". Almost 31 domestic flights and six worldwide flights were delayed following the dust storm.

Air travel in Delhi was also affected, with around 70 flights being diverted from the city's worldwide airport on Sunday night.

After closing runways for some time, all operations pertaining to flights were resumed later, the official said.

The airlines informed the passengers about the delays and diversions on Twitter. Vistara's Srinagar-Delhi flight was diverted to Amritsar and its Lucknow-Delhi flight was sent to Lucknow due to the inclement weather.

"Till 9 pm more than 70 flights have been diverted and a few outbound flights have been delayed due to the ongoing weather condition", the official added.

The officials said two squalls whipped through the national capital.

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Global flights from Katmandu, Riyadh, Colombo, Jeddah, Kabul were delayed even as flights from Tokyo, Newark and Colombo were diverted to other places, the sources said.

The Met official said that Sunday morning was the hottest of the season, with minimum temperature recorded at 30.6 degrees Celsius, five notches above the season's average. "This thunderstorm will continue for the next 48 to 72 hours", said Charan Singh, Scientist, Indian Meteorological Department (IMD).

Twelve people were reported dead in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh, which was also severely hit by the storms.

In Telangana and Andhra Pradesh where storms had been forecast, nine people including three farmers were killed by lightning, officials said. Trees and electric pillars have fallen on the street in many places. The violent weather affected train and metro services in Delhi and its suburbs.

The farmers were trying to place covers on the paddy kept in the field after cutting but did not succeed due to strong winds and rains. Now, train services on all lines of the Delhi metro are running as per normal schedule after fix of overhead electricity (OHE) wires.

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