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IMD predicts rain, thunderstorms across country after dust storm wreaks havoc in Delhi

Several parts of the country are likely to witness a wet spell accompanied by thunderstorms and lightning on Saturday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

“Light to moderate rainfall accompanied by thunderstorms and lightning is likely over Uttarakhand, Tamil Nadu, and Rajasthan during the next 3 hours,” IMD posted on X.

The weather department also predicted light rainfall accompanied by thunderstorms and lightning also likely over south Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and west Uttar Pradesh.

“Light rainfall accompanied with thunderstorms and lightning is also likely over south Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, west Uttar Pradesh, Meghalaya, south-east Arunachal Pradesh, south-east Assam, Manipur, south interior Karnataka and Kerala during the next 3 hours,” it added.

The severe dust storm that hit Delhi-NCR on Friday evening caused widespread disruptions, with the Delhi Police receiving 152 calls related to tree uprooting, 55 calls related to building damage, and 202 calls related to power disruption.

The sudden change in weather conditions also impacted air traffic at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport, with sources reporting that 9 flights headed to the city were diverted to Jaipur due to bad weather.

Traffic disruptions were reported in the national capital and adjoining areas like Noida and Ghaziabad, as trees fell on roads due to the strong winds. In Noida’s Sector 58, several cars were damaged when a shuttering installed for building repairs fell on the vehicles.

(Inputs from ANI)

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