Dust storm delays six flights in Delhi

09 May, 2018, 09:16 | Author: Keith Rowe
  • Thunderstorm and rain alert for Delhi-NCR strong winds warning in Himachal Pradesh

On Monday night too, the national capital and its neighbouring areas were hit by dust storm along with high-speed winds.

The government said that all evening schools (second shift which starts from the afternoon) will be shut tomorrow after chief secretary Anshu Prakash chaired a high-level meeting to review the preparedness in the wake of the warning.

According to the IMD forecast, thunderstorm accompanied by dust-storm with wind-speed reaching 50-70kmph and hail is very likely at isolated places in Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Chandigarh, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and eastern Rajasthan.

Moderate to light rains occurred at places in Jodhpur, Bikaner, Jaipur and Ajmer divisions while the weather remained dry in other divisions, according to the Met department.

The Delhi traffic police's advisory said it had instructed forces on the field to be on the alert and to ensure that obstacles, such as fallen trees, were removed. An high alert has been issued in all the states. The Indian Meteorological Department yesterday said in its alert that several parts of north India could witness squall and thunderstorm today. Residents have also been advised to stay indoors and take precaution if going out. Six flights landing in Delhi and one flight which was to depart were delayed due to the storm.

The IMD blamed unpredictable Delhi weather on a lack of clarity about how western disturbance over Jammu and Kashmir and a cyclonic circulation over Haryana would impact weather in the National Capital Region. It had also adviced people to unplug unnecessary electrical appliances. Ghaziabad has also declared 1-day holiday in schools on Tuesday.

The Delhi Metro has also made a decision to exercise extreme caution in running trains.

The advisory has asked commuters to avoid travelling during the storm. It also advised commuters not to travel during a storm. An unidentified metro official said trains would run at 40 kilometres per hour on elevated stations if the wind speed was under 90 kilometres per hour.


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