2 die, 18 injured in national capital due to squall and thunderstorms

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As per forecast, the maximum and minimum temperatures will hover around 38° C and 23° C. The India Meteorological Department had on Saturday predicted Uttarakhand, J&K and Himachal Pradesh would witness thunderstorm accompanied by squall.

Thunderstorm accompanied with squall with wind speed reaching 50-70 km per hour are "very likely" at isolated places over east Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Gangetic West Bengal, Odisha and Jharkhand, said the Indian Meteorological Deaprtment (IMD).

The dust storm also swept parts of southern Andhra Pradesh state. Moderate rainfall accompanied with the thunderstorm is likely to hit the state today and tomorrow. On Wesnesday, five people died in Etawah district, three each in Mathura, Aligarh and Agra, two in Firozabad and one each in Hathras and Kanpur Dehat.

While the deadly storm claimed the life of one person and injured four in Ghaziabad, one woman was killed and a man got seriously injured in Greater Noida.

UP was the worst affected, accounting for 80 deaths, majority in Agra district in the western part of the state.

In Andhra Pradesh, nine persons were killed in lightning strikes.

The temperature was today recorded at 30.6 degrees Celsius.

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The deaths came just 10 days after a sandstorm left more than 130 dead in the same region. The Palam observatory recorded a wind speed of 96 kmph, the officer said. The storm interrupts CM Arvind Kejriwal's programme in Delhi's IP Extension.

The strong wind crashed through trees and turned the air a murky brown.

According to a PTI report, the government said that all evening schools (a second shift which starts from the afternoon) will be shut on Tuesday.

'This was necessitated due to falling of a tree on OHE wires between Okhla and Jasola stations due to the thunderstorm.

"The extreme weather not only affected Delhi; Panipat, Jhajjar, Rohtak, Jind in Haryana and parts of Uttar Pradesh", said G P Sharma, President (Meteorology) Skymet, a private weather forecasting agency.

The Violet Line, one of the six lines of the Delhi Metro that connects Kashmere Gate in north Delhi to Escorts Mujesar in Faridabad in Haryana, was also disrupted.

Western disturbance originates in the Mediterranean Sea that brings sudden rains to northwestern parts of India.

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