NEW DELHI: The rain and strong winds on Sunday night claimed a two-year-old girl her life in central Delhi’s Motia Khan after a wall from the adjacent house fell on the family. The sudden turn of the weather also led to flight delays and diversions.
Eighteen people were also injured in storm-related incidents reported from across the national Capital.
Officials from Delhi Fire Services said that on Sunday, around 10pm, the girl was buried in the debris. The victim has been identified as Mansha. Her sister, four-year-old Kahkashan, was also severely injured.
“The family was sleeping when the debris of the old wall of the neighbour’s house fell on the roof of their room. The parents of the child and her sister are admitted to the LNJP hospital,” said deputy chief fire officer, Atul Garg.
Several cars were also crushed after the wall of a post office in Fatehpuri near Chandni Chowk fell on the vehicles. No one was injured.
The bad weather also affected flight schedules. Over 40 flights were diverted on Sunday and Monday.
Among the diverted flights was Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s flight, which was flying from Karnataka to Delhi. The flight was diverted to Jaipur on Sunday night after the weather turned bad.
Several travellers took to social media to vent their anger, after having to wait at airports for hours. “At the Nagpur airport. Due to bad weather plane was diverted to Nagpur. Feeling disappointed,” tweeted Rajendra Kumar Sharma, on Monday morning.
So far, 78 flights have been diverted in May this year. This is the highest since 2008, when the total diversions because of adverse weather conditions was 80.
OUTAGES IN GURGAON
For Gurgaon residents, Sunday’s thunderstorm led to power outages, water-logging and traffic jams across the city. The high-velocity wind and trees that fell across roads during the thunderstorm forced residents to stay indoors on Sunday evening only to be irked by outages that lasted up to 20 hours in some localities.
The rain, however, brought much needed respite from the scorching heat.
Power supply was restored in some parts of the city within four hours but several areas did not have supply till Monday afternoon.
Discom officials warned that the situation may worsen if similar weather conditions prevail on Monday night.
PLEASANT WEATHER IN DELHI
Delhiites witnessed a pleasant day on Monday with the maximum temperature settling at 32.4 degrees Celsius, eight degrees below average. The minimum was recorded as 23 degrees Celsius, four degrees below normal.
The city started receiving light rain late on Sunday evening accompanied with squalls and a dust storm, leading to a dip in temperature. Monday afternoon also saw strong winds. Several spells of rain were seen throughout the day.
The rain gauge at Safdarjung recorded 8.7 mm of rain till Monday evening.
According to IMD director, BP Yadav, the rain was a result of excess moisture coming in from a western disturbance over Gujarat and easterly winds from Bay of Bengal.
“The interaction of both these moisture laden winds over Haryana, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh are the cause of the continuous cloud cover and rain. This usually doesn’t happen,” Yadav said.
The situation will last another day as the Met department forecast light rain on Tuesday afternoon as well.