NEW DELHI

Dust storm hits Capital, congestion at airport

Calm before the storm: Families enjoying their evening out on Rajpath in the Capital on Tuesday.

Calm before the storm: Families enjoying their evening out on Rajpath in the Capital on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: Photo: Sushil Kumar Verma

Staff Reporter

Light showers spell relief from the searing heat

NEW DELHI: A severe dust storm whipped the Capital on Tuesday evening, uprooting trees and damaging vehicles in many parts of the city. Some areas also received light showers, spelling relief from the searing heat.

“It was quite windy in the evening. But by 9 p.m., there was a major dust storm. We were too scared to step out of the house. The windows were banging loudly,” said Sugandha Mehra, a homemaker.

Rashmi Singh, an executive driving home on Tuesday evening, recounted: “I saw a car completely damaged by a tree that had fallen on it near Sardar Patel Vidyalaya. Several uprooted trees had fallen on the roads, owing to which the traffic had to be diverted at several places.”

The dust storm also created some congestion at Delhi airport in the evening. Several flights had to hover above the airport for more than half an hour, thanks to a sudden change in the wind direction.

Aircraft landing and taking off had to change direction on the runway as per the wind direction, which led to some congestion, said airport sources.

The Internet and telephone services at the airport also remained affected for the second consecutive day on Tuesday because of the MTNL employees’ strike.

As some MTNL lines went down, those airlines that did not have a back-up system had to shift to manual check-in the system, which delayed the process.

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