At least 40 people were killed across India on Sunday as high-velocity winds with dust storm followed by rain swept north, east and south India.
The change in weather followed by thunderstorms and lightning toppled walls and uprooted many trees.
Eighteen people died in Uttar Pradesh. Eight killed in Andhra Pradesh and three in Telangana, officials told the media. As per reports, nine people were also killed in West Bengal and five in Delhi NCR due to the storm.
Mercury level also touched down in Delhi, Noida, and Gurugram, MET sources told the media.
The massive storm with a wind speed of over 100 km per hour uprooted electricity poles, several trees, dipped-in visibility and brought traffic to a standstill, while pedestrians rushed to seek shelter.
Metro services were disrupted while hailstorm affected electricity supply in parts of Delhi, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh.
Flight services came to a halt at the Delhi’s IGI Airport. Further, the Storm interrupted CM Arvind Kejriwal’s programme in Delhi’s IP Extension.
The thunderstorms were a result of a new western disturbance in the Mediterranean Sea, lashed the northern parts of India along with low to moderate rains.
Northern parts of the country such as Rajasthan, Uttrakhand, J&K and Himachal Pradesh are also likely to witness another spell of thundershowers and dust storms accompanied by gusty winds and squall in next 36-48 hours.
“Thunderstorms will also hit the South, but they won’t be strong,” M Mohapatra, head of services, IMD told the media.