Storm hits Delhi-NCR, Met department issues warning in nearby areas

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At least 13 people were injured in Delhi. The police received almost 60 calls related to fallen trees, electricity polls and wall collapses across the region.

Severe storms were likely to hit northern India on Monday, the weather office warned, a day after at least 66 people were killed as unusually powerful dust storms, torrential rain and lightning battered large parts of the country.

Strong winds, accompanied by dust, lashed the city while bringing a sudden decline in the temperature on Wednesday, uprooting trees and disrupting power supply.

Wednesday's storm was the second of its kind to hit the national capital in the past four days.

Areas of Jind, Rohtak, Panipat, Alwar, Bagpat, Meerut and Aligarh may witness light rain with thunderstorm early on Wednesday, the weather department had said earlier.

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Some reports are saying that Thunderstorms also occurred at isolated places in Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Assam, Meghalaya, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) had said yesterday. Meanwhile, on Tuesday, the IMD had predicted that the wind speeds could reach approximately 74 km per hour. "But not of this severity".

Dust storms, hail and lightning claimed 53 lives in Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and Delhi, according to a Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) report.

Power distribution company BSES Delhi said it had put its teams on high-alert and were trying to restore power disruptions in some areas.

Last week 18 people were killed in thunderstorm and rain-related incidents in Uttar Pradesh.

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