Dust storm hits Delhi-NCR

Massive dust storm hits Delhi-NCR on Wednesday morning

An 18-year-old Sohail of Gokal Puri area was killed after a wall of his house collapsed on him, said media reports.

Severe storms were likely to hit northern India on Monday, the weather office warned, a day after at least 66 people were killed as unusually powerful dust storms, torrential rain and lightning battered large parts of the country. Among the 13 injured are four members of his family.

The police control room received at least 59 calls about fallen trees, five calls about fallen electricity poles and 11 calls about hoardings or wall collapse, police said. According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) strong winds and lighting are likely to hit Delhi and it's adjacent areas in the next two hours.

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.

The India Meteorological Department has also predicted that Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh would witness thunderstorm accompanied by squall in the next few days. The dust storm coupled with rain and lightning uprooted trees and disrupted rail and flight services and brought traffic to a standstill.

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A boy runs for cover during a dust storm in New Delhi, India May 13, 2018.

Yesterday, the MeT had issued a warning for heavy rains and thunderstorm in the Delhi-NCR.

Power distribution company BSES Delhi said it had put its teams on high-alert and were trying to restore power disruptions in some areas.

Most of those killed, 52 people recorded in the state of Uttar Pradesh.

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