Indian meteorological department issues fresh thunderstorm alert after dust storm hits Delhi

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After a massive dust storm hit Delhi-NCR early Wednesday morning, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a thunderstorm alert.

New Delhi woke up to strong winds accompanied by dust Wednesday, May 16, and the weather is likely to remain the same for a while. According to the Ministry of Home Affairs, at least 80 people had died and 136 people were injured in five states in the north that were hit by lightning strikes and thunderstorm on Sunday. However, Wednesday will see a maximum temperature of 40 degrees and the minimum of 25 degrees Celsius.

The high-velocity winds resulted in several trees being uprooted and also brought down many electric poles causing power outages in the capital city.

Federal officials said violent gales higher than 62 miles per hour hit areas in the north, south and east of the country, wrecking homes and uprooting trees, Agence France-Presse reports. Gusty winds and rain is expected to lash areas like Narnaul, Alwar, Bharatpur, Mathura and Agra, the IMD release stated.

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On Monday, flight operations at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport were put on hold, news agency ANI reported. Also, the spokesperson said that Dust storms and thunderstorms wreaked havoc in Delhi and parts of Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, and Andhra Pradesh on Sunday.

"Thunderstorm accompanied with squall with a wind speed reaching 50-70 kmph very likely at isolated places over Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand", the weather department predicted today.

In Andhra Pradesh state in the south, at least 12 people were killed by lightning, said M.V. Sheshagiri Babu, the state's relief commissioner.

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