Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to twitter to condole the lives lost due to thunderstorm. Condolences to the bereaved families. PM prayed for the speedy recovery of the injured and asked the officials to provide all the possible assistance.
As many as 13 persons were killed in lightning strikes across the Telugu states on Sunday, three in Telangana state and 10 in Andhra Pradesh.
UP was the worst affected, accounting for 80 deaths, majority in Agra district in the western part of the state.
Several parts of the state were hit by severe storm this week leaving 18 dead and 27 others injured.
♦ Thunderstorm accompanied with squall (wind speed reaching 5070 kmph) very likely at isolated places over East Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal & Sikkim, Jharkhand and Odisha.
♦ Heavy rain very likely at isolated places over Kerala.
In Andhra Pradesh, nine persons were killed in lightning strikes.
In both cases, toppling trees fell and damaged overhead Metro wiring, an official spokesman said.
In a sudden change of weather, the sky turned cloudy around 4:30 pm and gusty winds swept the city.
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Delhi witnessed a warm Sunday morning, with the minimum temperature recorded at 30.6ºC.
Humidity oscillated between 60 and 58 per cent. "There could be over two dozen delays", a source said. The Palam observatory recorded a wind speed of 96 kmph, the officer said.
The strong winds knocked down almost 200 trees in the city.
Now, train services on all lines of the Delhi metro are running as per normal schedule after fix of overhead electricity (OHE) wires.
Traffic in many areas moved at a snail's pace due to the reduced visibility. The dust storm interrupted a programme that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was to attend at IP Extension.
Operations at the Delhi airport came to a halt due to the dust storm. Private airline Vistara's Srinagar-Delhi flight was diverted to Amritsar because of the weather, it said in a tweet. The disruption was caused after a tree fell on the tracks of the route between Rajiv Chowk to RK Ashram metro stations.
"This was necessitated due to falling of a tree on OHE wires between Okhla and Jasola stations due to the thunderstorm".
According to MeT department officials, the Safdarjung Observatory gauged 8.3 mm of rainfall.
# 06:42 PM: "We had forecasted that the weather will be adverse for 2-3 days". This weather activity is also expected to spill into tomorrow as well, but the intensity will be more today.
"A cloud mass passed over Delhi". A powerful dust storm accompanied by rains on Sunday evening brought down the temperature in the national capital and adjoining areas, seriously disrupting air traffic and Metro services, officials said.