New Delhi: After days of warning, a heavy dust storm and rain hit the national capital today evening. Traffic came to a crawl at several areas in Delhi as the strong wind picked up dust and swirled them around, reducing visibility.
Flight operations at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport have been put on hold, news agency ANI reported.
The sky turned brown within a matter of seconds as the full impact of the dust storm hit several areas in the national capital. The weather office said the wind speed was recorded between 50 and 70 kmph.
People in open areas could be seen running for shelter as trees swayed about them. Shoppers at crowded markets were taken by surprise as the sudden strong wind hit light structures and wares flew around.
At bus stops in south Delhi, people were seen huddling together to protect themselves from flying debris as tree branches broke.
The dust storm interrupted a programme that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was to attend in east Delhi’s IP Extension. A Vistara flight coming to Delhi from Srinagar was diverted to Amritsar due to the dust storm, ANI reported.
Last week too, the national capital and neighbouring states saw strong winds and rain.