15 killed in UP as dust storms hit north India

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 15 Jun 2018 08:33:31



A CLOUD of dust hung over vast swathes of north Indian plains for the third day on Thursday, prompting authorities to suspend civil construction works in Delhi and Haryana as part of emergency measures to improve air quality, besides affecting flight services at Chandigarh airport.
In Uttar Pradesh, dust storms have hit various parts, leaving 15 people dead and 28 injured, since on Wednesday.

The air quality deteriorated because of dust storms in western India, particularly Rajasthan, which increased coarser particles in the air, the Central Pollution Control Board said. The authorities have warned dusty conditions are likely to prevail for another 3-4 days and advised people to avoid staying outdoors for long hours. Low visibility due to dusty weather conditions led to cancellations of all flights to and from Chandigarh International Airport.

“No flight landed or took off from Chandigarh (airport) until on Thursday afternoon due to bad weather,” a Chandigarh International Airport Limited official said.

As the national capital region struggled with a “severe” dust pollution, Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal ordered stoppage of all civil construction activities across Delhi till Sunday as part of emergency measures that also include intensifying mechanical road sweeping. A thick blanket of haze has been enveloping Delhi and NCR for the past few days.