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Nine dead, six aircraft damaged after dust storm, rains in Delhi

May 31, 2014 07:39 AM IST India India
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New Delhi: In several parts of North India, there was some relief from the sweltering heat with heavy rains and thunder showers on Friday evening. However, the strong winds in Delhi claimed nine lives too.

A man was killed in East Delhi after an air borne tin sheet slit his throat. Two people died in a wall collapse and two others died after trees fell on them.

A ground handling staff at the Delhi Airport was killed and six aircraft damaged. Air traffic was hampered and 12 flights had to be diverted.

The rain and dust storms also hit traffic and public transport systems. Parts of the Delhi Metro were also briefly disrupted as the storm caused fluctuations in the power supply.

The Met department has said that temperatures are likely to drop over the weekend.

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