Delhi wakes up to dust-storm

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A massive dust storm hit the national capital, Delhi in the early hours of Wednesday as strong winds, accompanied by dust, lashed the city while bringing a sudden drop in temperature.

This comes after the deadly storm on May 13-14 claim over 80 lives across several states in the country. Uttar Pradesh saw a death toll of 18 people while 12 people died in West Bengal and two in Delhi, officials said.

In Andhra Pradesh, nine persons died in lightning strikes.

However, temperature drop has brought some respite from the heat waves as the temperature dropped over 10 degrees from last two days.

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) had said that the thunderstorm will continue for the next 48 to 72 hours.

Western disturbance is a normal phenomenon that can be observed over the western Himalayas and north Indian plains from October to March. However, what is unusual is its occurrence in April-May, several senior IMD scientists have been reported as saying.

Earlier on May 2, at least 100 people died in north India due to the dust storms. The dust storms and thunderstorms caused destruction in Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and New Delhi, that saw 40 people killed, leaving over a trail of destruction.

At several places, high-velocity winds of over 100mph uprooted trees, electricity poles, and affected rail, air and road services.

As per IMD, thunderstorms also occurred at isolated places in Uttrakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Assam, Maharashtra, Meghalaya, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka on May 13.

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