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One killed, 13 injured as strong winds, dust storm hit Delhi

Sohail, a resident of northeast Delhi’s Gokal Puri area, died after a wall collapsed on him while he was sleeping in his house.

delhi Updated: May 16, 2018 15:07 IST
Agencies, New Delhi
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A tree fell on a car after an overnight dust storm hit Delhi in the early hours of Wednesday.(Arvind Yadav / HT Photo)

An 18-year-old man was killed and 13 injured in the dust storm that hit the national Capital in the early hours of Wednesday, police said.

The Police Control Room (PCR) received 78 calls during the storm that started around 3 am.

The deceased was identified as Sohail, a resident of northeast Delhi’s Gokal Puri area. He got injured after a wall collapsed on him while he was sleeping in his house. Four members of his family have also sustained minor injuries, police said.

Four persons were injured in east Delhi while two persons sustained minor injuries in south Delhi, they added.

As many as 59 calls about fallen trees, five calls about fallen electricity poles and 11 calls about hoardings/wall collapse were received by the PCR, police said.

Also, four calls received were about damages to cars in the dust storm. Fourteen vehicles — 13 cars and a motorcycle — were damaged in it, police said.

A felled tree due to Tuesday night’s storm blocks road at Jamia Nagar in New Delhi on Wednesday. ( Burhaan Kinu / HT Photo )

As per the traffic control room, as many 53 calls related to falling of trees and six calls about fallen poles were received during dust storm the previous night.

Thirty-seven fallen trees have been removed and remaining are being removed, officials said.

As many as 80 people died in five states due to thunderstorms and lightning strikes since Sunday, with Uttar Pradesh alone recording 51 deaths.

The Indian Meteorological Department had on Tuesday predicted thunderstorms and gusty winds on Tuesday in some parts of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and east Uttar Pradesh.

It also had said parts of Rajasthan could experience dust storms and isolated areas of West Bengal, Bihar, Chhattisgarh and most of north east India can also expect thunderstorms and strong winds.

The weather turbulence will subside by Wednesday, however, a fresh round of scattered thundershowers may hit the Western Himalayan region, east India and south peninsular India early next week, the Met office forecast said.

On May 2, more than 100 people died in north India and some other states, owing to thunderstorms.

First Published: May 16, 2018 07:10 IST