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At least 39 people were killed and many more were injured as storms and lightning also struck large swathes in other parts of the country.

# 07:38 PM: 5 persons died due to lightning and thunderstorm in Andhra Pradesh's Srikakulam district, according to NDMA.

Delhi Metro services were affected at several stations on the Violet and Blue lines after trees fell on overhead electricity (OHE) wires.

A man was crushed to death in a wall collapse, while a woman was killed when a tree uprooted and fell on her, the police said. Traffic came to a crawl at several areas in Delhi as the strong wind picked up dust and swirled them around, reducing visibility.

# 07:11 PM: More than 40 flight diversions at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport as bad weather conditions continue in the region.

"In most cases, the teams were able to restore power supply quickly, but in some cases, it took a little longer than usual due to various factors", he said.

A few passenger and freight trains were held up for around 25 minutes because of the disruption. Fallen branches were seen blocking some roads in south Delhi areas, leading to long traffic jam. The drizzle that followed in the NCR region brought the temperature a couple of notches down.

The day temperatures at most places in both states were in the 40-45ÂșC mark.

Yesterday, the maximum settled at a whopping 43.2 degrees Celsius at the Palam observatory with the minimums today being recorded at 28.8 degrees, both three degrees above the normal levels.

" A Vistara's Srinagar-Delhi flight was diverted to Amritsar and its Lucknow-Delhi flight was sent to Lucknow due to the inclement weather and other flights alos been diverted", a DIAL official confirmed. "It was the hottest morning of the season", an IMD official said.

The IMD expects the winds to let up by Monday, with predictions of light rain.

"A cyclonic circulation formed near Haryana and north Rajasthan along with the western disturbance". It is like a pot of boiling water. "Winds were blowing at 52 knots impacting flight operations", said IMD Director RK Jenamani. During the walk, Sinha was accompanied by her neighbours, who miraculously escaped, police said.

The Met department had forecast rain and thunderstorm with gusty winds for Sunday.


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