New Delhi, May 23:
Heavy rain accompanied by thundershowers lashed parts of Delhi-NCR on Monday morning, bringing much-needed respite from the heat. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted more showers for the national capital during the day.
As a result of the storm, trees were uprooted in different parts of the city. Three incidents of wall collapse were reported from different parts of Delhi.
In the latest bulletin, the weather department said that dust storms and thunderstorms with light to moderate intensity rain and gusty winds with a speed of 50-80 km/h are “very likely” to continue over Delhi-NCR and adjoining areas during the next two hours.
In an 80-minute period, the temperature in Delhi fell by 11 degrees from 29 degrees Celsius at 5.40 am to 18 degrees Celsius by 7 am.
IMD ISSUES WARNING
The IMD issued an impact warning suggesting people to stay indoors, close windows and doors, and avoid travel if possible. It said the dust storm and thunderstorms may damage vulnerable structures.
As per the IMD, the impact expected due to duststorm/ thunderstorm, lightning and rain over Delhi & neighborhood areas are:
1. Damage to vulnerable structures.
2. Damage to kutcha houses/walls and huts.
3. Traffic disruption on roads.
4. Occasional reduction in visibility.
3. Do not lie on concrete floors and do not lean against concrete walls.
4. Unplug electrical/ electronic appliances.
5. Immediately get out of water bodies.
6. Keep away from all the objects that conduct electricity.
7. Follow any traffic advisories that are issued in this regard.
The rains affected flight operations at Delhi Airport. In a statement, the Delhi airport said, “Due to bad weather, flight operations at Delhi Airport are affected. Passengers are requested to get in touch with the airline concerned for updated flight information.”
On Sunday, the weather office had said that Delhi may have cloudy sky on Monday and that the minimum and maximum temperatures are likely to be around 27 and 37 degrees Celsius, respectively.
In Mundka, the roof of an under-construction house collapsed. No casualties were reported.
In a similar incident in Moti Nagar, three people were injured. The fire department received a total of three calls regarding wall collapses.
With regard to uprooting of trees, the fire department has received more than a hundred calls since the morning.