New Delhi: A heavy dust storm with a wind speed of 109 kilometers per hour accompanied by squall hit the national capital Delhi this evening. The sudden change of weather forced Delhi Airport Authorities to stop operations on the ground. At least 40 domestic flights were diverted. Metro rail movement on Noida-Dwarka line also holed for 30 minutes.

According to the India Meteorological Department, the thunderstorms will continue for the next 48 to 72 hours over North-Western, Eastern and Southern part of the country. The thunderstorms are occurring due to the circulation of a western disturbance in North West India and strong easterlies.

All India Radio reported that there was isolated rain and snowfall in hilly areas of Uttarakhand. High-speed winds swept Chamoli, Rudraprayag and\ Pithoragarh this evening. Despite dust storm in Dehradun and its adjoining areas, Chardham yatra is continuing.

Normal life has been badly affected in several districts of Western and Bundelkhand regions of Uttar Pradesh due to gusty winds with power supply in several areas having been suspended.