Thunderstorms Live updates: Powerful dust storms and thunderstorms have hit Delhi, national capital region, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh killing at least 41 persons and damaged properties and crops. 18 people killed in Uttar Pradesh, 12 people in West Bengal, nine in Andhra Pradesh and two in Delhi, according to report. More storms and rains are predicted today. Rail, flight services, Delhi metro were hit by the winds speeding up to 109 km/hour in Delhi-NCR.
President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief over the loss of lives. “Sad to hear of loss of lives due to rain and thunderstorms in different parts of the country. Condolences to those bereaved. Thoughts with fellow citizens who have been affected, especially little children,” President Kovind posted on Twitter. “Saddened by the loss of lives due to storms in some parts of the country. Condolences to the bereaved families. I pray for the speedy recovery of those injured. Asked officials to provide all possible assistance to those affected,” PM Modi said.
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11:20 AM: According to Skymet weather agency, dustorm, thundershower and lightning are likely to take place at a few areas in Bihar. Araria, Aurangabad, Darbhanga, Gaya, Gopalganj, Kishanganj, Madhepura, Madhubani, Muzaffarpur, Nalanda, Nawada, Patna, Champaran, Siwan and Vaishali will witness adverse weather.
11:10 AM: According to Skymet Weather, West Bengal is set to experiece inclement weather. Moderate rain and thundershower lash at a few areas . Hailstorm is likely to hit northern Bengal districts such as Uttar Dinajpur, Alipurduar, Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri and Kalimpong.
11:05 AM: Sanjay Kumar, Relief Commissioner, Uttar Pradesh, said that 39 people died and 53 have been injured due to the storm. “We have been ordered to give compensation in next 24 hours to all of them,” Kumar said.
11:00 AM: Ministry of Home Affairs in a statement stated that 53 people were killed and 65 have been injured due to thunderstorm across the country. 39 deaths in UP, 9 in Andhra Pradesh, 4 in West Bengal and One in Delhi. Meanwhile, 53 injured in UP, 11 injured in Delhi and One injured in West Bengal
9:45 AM: According to reports, 70 flights being diverted to other places in Delhi Airport. The operations at the airport had to be shut down for close to two and half hours, sources at Air Traffic Control (ATC) at the airport said, adding that the magnitude of the disruptions in traffic was more than what was anticipated.
9:40 am: International flights from Kathmandu, Riyadh, Colombo, Jeddah, Kabul were delayed even as flights from Tokyo, Newark and Colombo were diverted to other places, the sources said. Reports said some 10 international flights were diverted to Lucknow after the ATC at the IGI airport refused permission to land.
9:30 AM: An official of an airline said that given the magnitude of the diversion, it would take close to 24 hours for them to normalise operations while sources at the airport said the exact number of diversions and cancellations would become clear by Monday morning.
9:07 AM: It was close shave for legendary actress and BJP MP Hema Malini after a tree fell in front of her convoy following heavy rain and dust storm in the district yesterday.
9:03 AM: Several vehicles turned turtle and fell on each other on Delhi-Kanpur Highway, following heavy rainfall and dust storm in Bulandshahr in Uttar Pradesh.
8:57 AM: WATCH: Hailstorm hits Uttar Pradesh’s Firozabad
— ANI (@ANI) May 13, 2018
7:50 AM: The devastation comes over 10 days after storms hit UP, Rajasthan, Telangana, Uttarakhand and Punjab, killing 134 people and injuring over 400. UP was the worst affected, accounting for 80 deaths, most of them in Agra district in the western part of the state. Even on May 9, several parts of Uttar Pradesh were struck by a severe storm that left 18 dead and 27 others injured.
7:40 AM: President (Meteorology) Skymet, a private weather forecasting agency G P Sharma and National Weather Forecasting Centre K Sathi Devi have predicted that similar dust storms, thunderstorm and rain may occurred today. According to weather forecast, Thunderstorm and dust storm with winds speeds of up to 70 km per hour are “very likely” today in 26 districts of Uttar Pradesh
7:30 am: What causes the storm?
The powerful and unusually stronger storm occurred after temperature hovered around 42 degress in the past two days. According to IMD officials, aprt from temperature, winds from eastern part of the country interacted with the western disturbance.
At least 18 people have been reportedly killed in lightening strikes in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and West Bengal today. My condolences to their families. I urge Congress party workers to provide all possible assistance to the bereaved families.
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) May 13, 2018
5:30 am: President Ram Nath Kovind has also expressed his sorrow over the deaths caused by thunderstorm in different parts of the country.
Sad to hear of loss of lives due to rain and thunderstorms in different parts of the country. Condolences to those bereaved. Thoughts with fellow citizens who have been affected, especially little children #PresidentKovind
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) May 13, 2018
2:06 am: 18 people and 9 animals dead, 25 people injured due to heavy rain and thunderstorm in Uttar Pradesh, as per ANI latest update.
12:58 am: PM Narendra Modi has expressed his condolences for the lives lost during severe storms that hit parts of the country this evening. PM Modi tweeted, “Saddened by the loss of lives due to storms in some parts of the country. Condolences to the bereaved families. I pray for the speedy recovery of those injured. Asked officials to provide all possible assistance to those affected.” He has also asked officials to provide all possible assistance to those affected.
Saddened by the loss of lives due to storms in some parts of the country. Condolences to the bereaved families. I pray for the speedy recovery of those injured. Asked officials to provide all possible assistance to those affected.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 13, 2018
12:18 am: Three members of a family dead, one critically injured after the building they were living in, fell due to thunderstorm and rainfall in Kasganj, Uttar Pradesh, as per ANI.
12:09 am: Dust storm followed by rainfall and lightning hit Varanasi.
11:36 pm: In Delhi, according to MeT department, the Safdarjung Observatory gauged 8.3 mm of rainfall. The Palam, Aya Nagar and Lodhi Road areas recorded 0.8, 6.4 and 2.1 mm of precipitation.
11:19 pm: As per latest reports by PTI, 11 people died and as many as 28 people were injured due to storm in different parts of Uttar Pradesh.
11:05 pm: In West Bengal, five deaths were reported from Howrah district, while two deaths each from West Midnapore, North 24-Parganas and Nadia districts and one from Murshidabad district, as per PTI reports.
10:00 pm: A squall and dust storm with a wind speed of up to 109 kmph barrelled through Delhi and neighbouring areas on Sunday, affecting flight, rail and metro operations, uprooting trees, and leading to incidents of wall collapse.
9:45 pm: 1 woman dead & 18 people injured in Delhi due to a dust storm.
-9:35 pm: Ghaziabad: One killed, 4 injured after a tree fell on them near Lal Kuan Shiv temple during the thunderstorm. As for West Bengal, heavy rainfall and lightning kills 4 children in Howrah.
– 9:34 pm: 9 dead & 34 injured in Uttar Pradesh after a thunderstorm hit the state. Also, one woman died and one man seriously injured after a hoarding fell on them due to heavy dust storm in Greater Noida.
–9:25 pm: According ABP news, 18 people have been injured in Delhi.
-9:10 pm: Number of flight diversions at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport due to bad weather conditions goes up to 70.
-8:38 pm: Lucknow: 9 Delhi-bound flights made emergency landing at Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport after Air Traffic Control did not permit them to land at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport due to bad weather conditions.
-7:55 pm: It said the districts that could be affected are Bahraich, Shrawasti, Balrampur, Gonda, Siddharth Nagar, Maharajganj, Kushinagar, Gorakhpur, Sant Kabir Nagar, Basti, Faizabad, Sultanpur, Azamgargh and Ambedkar Nagar.
-7:45 pm: Thunderstorm and dust storm with winds speeds of up to 70 km per hour are “very likely” tomorrow in 26 districts of Uttar Pradesh, the weather office warned today.
-7:30 pm: Metro services between Indraprastha and Karol Bagh metro stations in Delhi disrupted after a tree fell on the tracks of the route between Rajiv Chowk to RK Ashram metro stations. Metros going towards Dwarka affected.
-7:15 pm: More than 40 flight diversions at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport as bad weather conditions continue in the region.
Dust storm hits Kanpur. Visuals from Yashoda Nagar. pic.twitter.com/UTVEewhyj4
— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) May 13, 2018
-6: 55 pm: “Thunderstorm accompanied with gusty winds are also very likely at isolated places over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, west Uttar Pradesh, Vidharbha, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Telangana, north coastal Andhra Pradesh, south interior Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Lakshadweep and Kerala,” the IMD said in an advisory said.
-6:53 pm: Thunderstorm over the northern hill-states and its effect in the plains is due to a western disturbance, the IMD said.
-6:47 pm: “There is a circulation of a western disturbance in North West India. We had forecasted that the weather will be adverse for 2-3 days. This thunderstorm will continue for the next 48 to 72 hours” Charan Singh, Scientist, Indian Meteorological Department on weather change in Delhi.
-6:41 pm: The India Meteorological Department yesterday predicted that Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh would witness thunderstorm accompanied by squall
-6:33 pm: The sudden change of weather in Delhi forced airport authorities to divert at least 10 domestic flights, an official said. Vistara’s Srinagar-Delhi flight was diverted to Amritsar and its Lucknow-Delhi flight was sent to Lucknow due to the inclement weather.
– 6:27 pm: The sky turned cloudy around 4:30pm and gusty winds swept the national capital
–6.15 pm: A squall and sudden dust storm with a wind speed of up to 109 kmph accompanied by light rain hit Delhi this evening after a scorching day, a Met department official said.
– 05.40 pm: So far 10 flights have been diverted at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport due to bad weather conditions.
– 05. 40 pm: Metro movement at the Noida-Dwaraka line was stalled for 30 minutes due to bad weather conditions. The movement has now resumed.
–05. 31 pm: Dust storm hits Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad.
– 05.28 pm: The movements of flights at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport has been put on hold, due to the weather condition.
– 05.26 pm: Dust storm, strong winds and rainfall hit the national capital, visuals from Delhi’s Janpath area.
– 05.22 pm: Airline Vistara’s Srinagar flight to New Delhi has been diverted to Amritsar following bad weather conditions in the National capital.
-05.13 pm: Storm interrupts Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s programme in Delhi’s IP Extension.
– 05.07 pm: Skies in Haryana’s Faridabad turn dark as strong winds and dust storm hit the region.
— ANI (@ANI) May 13, 2018
– 05.00 pm: Strong winds accompanied with duststorm hit Delhi-NCR this evening.
– 04.50 pm: Strong winds hit Haryana’s Gurugram this afternoon.
— ANI (@ANI) May 13, 2018
– 04.40 pm: The Met office of Uttarakhand has issued weather warning for the next five days in the state. Moderate rainfall accompanied with the thunderstorm is likely to hit the state today and tomorrow. The Met office also predicted of very light rain or thunderstorm at isolated places on May 15, May 16 and May 17.
Uttarakhand: India Meteorological Dept Dehradun issues weather warning for next 5 days in the state. Light to moderate rain/thunderstorm likely to hit the state today & tomorrow & very light to light rain/thunderstorm likely to hit isolated places in the state on 15, 16 & 17 May. pic.twitter.com/u1V9FCDJS9
— ANI (@ANI) May 13, 2018
– 04.30 pm: The Met office has also released the rainfall forecast of several states for the next five days.