A minor thunderstorm with wind speed upto 60-70 kmph along with drizzling was witnessed in Delhi, Ghaziabad, Noida, Gurgaon and other adjoining areas in Delhi-NCR. In the last couple of weeks, thunderstorms, dust storms and heavy rainfall had hit and disturbed normal lives in north Indian states, causing heavy public property and loss of lives. Earlier on Wednesday, the Met department has predicted northern region including Bawal, Kosli, Charkhi dadri, Bhiwani, Rohtak, Sonipat, Nuh, Gurgaon, Manesar, Palwal, Sohna, Faridabad, Noida, Ghaziabad, Hapur and Merrut could be hit by a thunderstorm in next-72 hours.
Earlier on May 14, heavy rain and dust storm had hit Delhi-NCR. As per reports, the storm wreaks havoc in several areas of Delhi. A number of trees uprooted due to storm and strong winds and power supply was also affected in many areas. This was the 2nd time in last 4 days when such storm strikes the national capital. According to Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), Heavy rain with dust storms are still predicted in regions including Delhi-NCR include Rohtak, Manesar, Gurgaon, Sonepat and Meerut today.
The storm also affected electricity supply in national capital, in a statement power distributor BSES said, “The restoration may take longer than usual as safety is of paramount importance.” The heavy thunderstorm costed lives of 70 people and several were wounded across the country. The heavy rain, squall and lightening created massive destruction and uprooted many trees. Previously, more that 40 people had lost their lives including 18 in Uttar Pradesh, 8 in Andhra Pradesh, 3 in Telengana, 9 in West Bengal and 5 in Delhi-NCR. Predicting the bad weather, Metrological department reported an alert and thunderstorms are expected for next 48 to 72 hours.