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Dust storm lashes Delhi and NCR

New Delhi, May 13: A powerful dust storm accompanied by rains on Sunday evening brought down the temperature in the national capital and adjoining areas, seriously disrupting air traffic and Metro services, officials said. As the storm blew at a highest speed of 70 kmph, mercury fell from 39 degrees Celsius at 4 p.m. to 25 degrees half hour later, the Indian Meteorological Department told IANS. By early evening, the skies had turned dark. Ten incoming flights to the Indira Gandhi International Airport were diverted between 4.15 and 5.30 p.m. due to poor visibility and strong winds, an airport official said. Delhi Metro operations were also hit. Thousands of commuters were stuck on the winding and busy Blue Line. (IANS)