Power supply was affected in many areas in Delhi and Gurugram in Haryana. In Sarita Vihar area in southeast Delhi, a tin sheet blown off a rooftop by strong wind hit pedestrian Rohit, 22, injuring him seriously. She sustained severe head injuries and was rushed to hospital where she was declared brought dead.
A woman died after a tree fell on her while she was walking at Delhi's Pandav Nagar area, while a similar death of a man was reported from Jaitpur area.
Delhi weather has been playing enough see saws already with the weather taking a U turn during the evening hours and being hot as hell during the day time.
The sudden change of weather in Delhi forced airport authorities to divert at least 10 domestic flights.
An IGIA official said the diversions took place between 4.15 p.m. and 9 p.m. Vistara's Srinagar flight to Delhi has been diverted to Amritsar following bad weather conditions in Delhi.
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As Delhi Metro services were badly affected due to technical snags, commuters had a horrowing experience even as radio taxis and online taxi services were not readily available as demands soared multiple times. Metro rail movement on NOIDA-Dwarika line also holed for 30 minutes. It also disrupted road and air traffic. At least 12 people were killed by lightning in the Howrah, Western Midnapore and North Pargana districts of West Bengal state, the agency said.
When the Metro services finally resumed after about two hours, the trains were run haltingly. Motorists switched on headlights to find their way in growing darkness.
In a tweet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said: "Saddened by the loss of lives due to storms in some parts of the country".
"There is a circulation of a western disturbance in North West India". South-easterly and easterly winds are creating moisture and high temperature in the region which caused the formation of thunder clouds.
The hills of Himachal Pradesh will get more thunderstorms accompanying squalls for the next two days, the Met Office said on Sunday. The humidity was recorded at 60 per cent at 8:30 am, a Meteorological (Met) department official said.