Man killed and 13 injured in dust storm in Delhi

IMD issues fresh thunderstorm warning, says may hit north India within three days

Delhi-NCR and adjoining areas also witnessed light rain in early morning hours on Wednesday (16.05.2018).

The deceased was identified as Sohail a resident of North East Delhi's Gokal Puri area.

The Police Control Room received calls about fallen trees, fallen electricity poles and hoardings/wall collapse.

A massive dust storm hit Delhi and NCR region at around 3:00 AM on Wednesday.

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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.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had also shared his grief through a tweet, "Saddened by the loss of lives due to storms in some parts of the country".

"Thunderstorm accompanied with squall with a wind speed reaching 50-70 kmph very likely at isolated places over Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand", the weather department predicted today.

Thunderstorms, dust storms, rainfall during summers have been a normal phenomenon in northern India."But not of this severity".

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"Overall, 52 people died in Uttar Pradesh and 12 in West Bengal and 13 in Andhra Pradesh, five in Bihar, three in Telangana and two in the capital, new Delhi", the statement reads.

High-velocity winds uprooted trees and affected road, rail and air services last evening at a number of places in north India, including the national capital.

The latest devastation comes almost two weeks after dust and thunderstorm claimed 134 lives injured 400 people in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Telangana, Uttarakhand, and Punjab on May 2.

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