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After heatwaves, Delhi-NCR witnesses massive dust storm

By Shgun S -- April 26, 2022 9:58 am -- Updated:April 26, 2022 9:58 am

New Delhi, April 26: After witnessing a series of heatwaves, Delhi witnessed a massive dust storm on Monday night.

The storm and dusty wind were reported in the entire national capital region and adjoining areas around 10 pm. The storm in the midst of the heatwave is said to be influenced by the Western Disturbance. The wind was blowing around 30-50 KMPH.

Earlier, India Meteorological Department has stated, "Under the influence of the Western Disturbance, light isolated to scattered rainfall accompanied with isolated thunderstorm/lightning very likely over Western Himalayan Region and Duststorm/thunderstorm over adjoining plains of Punjab, Haryana and West Rajasthan on April 25, 2022."

Dust storm hits Delhi-NCR

Meanwhile, bad weather and strong winds hampered flight operations at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport on Monday night.

According to Delhi airport sources, due to severe weather at the Delhi airport, Flight UK940 (Air Vistara) from Mumbai to Delhi was diverted to Lucknow for a safe landing.

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Dust storm hits Delhi-NCR

"Few flights have been diverted for safe landing and others delayed. The regular flight operations will be commenced as strong winds settle down," the sources added.

SpiceJet had previously tweeted, "Due to bad weather in Delhi (DEL), all departures/arrivals and their consequential flights might get affected. Passengers are requested to keep a check on their flight status."

All airlines have contacted or updated passengers via social media on the flight delays caused by bad weather at Delhi Airport.

Dust storm hits Delhi-NCR

Notably, Northwest India saw the hottest March in 122 years this year, with an average maximum temperature of 30.67 degrees Celsius, breaking the previous record of 30.67 degrees Celsius set in 2004.

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-PTC News

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