Trains and commuter rail lines were paused and dozens of flights were diverted from New Delhi's worldwide airport as the storm blew into the city, turning the sky brown with dust and sand. Around 40 people were killed in storm-related incidents in various parts of the country. Worldwide flights from Kathmandu, Riyadh, Colombo, Jeddah, Kabul were delayed while flights from Tokyo, Newark and Colombo were diverted to other places, the sources told PTI, adding that some 10 global flights were diverted to Lucknow after the ATC at the IGI airport refused permission to land. Many trees were uprooted in Delhi.
Deaths were also reported from other parts of the country.
Dust storms and thunderstorms wreaked havoc on Sunday in Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh and the national capital, killing at least 57 people and leaving behind a trail of destruction. "I pray for the speedy recovery of those injured".
Same was the case at the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata and several flights were canceled and delayed.
Apart from these states, thunderstorms were also recorded in many parts of Punjab, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Assam, Meghalaya, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
After a sudden change in weather in Delhi and surrounded region, Indian Meteorological Department's scientist Charan Singh informed that according to the forecast weather will be adverse for 2-3 days and the thunderstorm will continue for the next 48 to 72 hours.
In Uttar Pradesh, at least 18 people were died and 25 injured due to high velocity wind and storm.
The weather office has also warned that thunderstorm and dust storm with wind speeds of up to 70 km per hour were "very likely" on May 14 in 26 districts of Uttar Pradesh.