May 24, 2016 4:16:43 am
THE TRICITY was swept by another dust storm, followed by a thunderstorm and cool winds, bringing down the temperature in the late afternoon to the mid-20s. The winds were strong enough to topple trees, and cause power line breaks in several sectors. Flights were delayed due to the stormy weather.
The rainfall recorded was only 0.6 mm but the storm dropped the temperatures considerably. The maximum temperature was 38.2 degrees. “At 2:30 pm it was 34.4 degrees and the storm hit the Tricity around an hour later, which lowered the temperature to 26.4 degrees as recorded at 5:30 pm,” an official of the Meteorological Department told Chandigarh Newsline.
The Police Control Room received a dozen emergency calls relating to fallen trees. The maximum damage was in Sector 42 where trees fell on three cars. A few trees fell in sectors 8 and 45 as well.
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After the storm, the electricity department received more than 300 complaints from the residents from various parts. Due to power breakdown, the traffic signals at various points were also not functional, leading to chaos on the roads.
According to officials of power department, supply remained disrupted in different sectors from one to five hours. According to officials of the electricity department, parts of sectors 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 30, 33, 34, 35, 39, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 47, 48 , 49, Manimajra and Khuda Alisher were among the affected areas.
UT superintending engineer M P Singh said that they had to make desperate efforts for restoring power. The department suffered heavy losses as a large number of electricity poles were damaged in different parts of the city.
Two persons suffered minor injuries when a false ceiling at UT Secretariat in Sector 9 collapsed during heavy storm. Vijay Kumar and Rohit Kumar had come to the secretariat to appear before finance secretary in an ongoing case. Both suffered injuries on the head.
The Meteorological Department has also predicted light to moderate rainfall accompanied by strong winds with wind speed exceeding 45 kilometres per hour during the next 36 hours in isolated places across Punjab and Haryana.
While the rain increased the overall humidity levels across the city to 71 per cent, the weather is likely to be dry after May 25. “The weather on May 24 will remain cloudy with a thunderstorm likely during the evening. Temperature will rise after May 25 as the sky clears up,” said the official.
Flights were delayed in the evening due to the bad weather conditions in the city. According to the airport officials, flights scheduled to arrive at the time of the storm were delayed by one hour.
IN Mohali residents had to face three-hour-long power cut on Monday afternoon after the duststorm. Some trees were also uprooted in Phase VII and Phase IV. The trees fell on the roads due to which traffic was disrupted and caused problems for the people. The roads were cleared after after two hours of the rain. The power supply in the rural areas, including Nayagaon, Mullanpur, Majri and Kurali, was restored in the evening around 7.
The power supply was hit for at least an hour in almost all residential sectors of Panchkula.
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