At least 30 people are believed to have been killed with another 700 injured as a result of a freak cyclone which struck the Indian capital, Delhi on Saturday (18 March).
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Background: At least 30 people are believed to have been killed with another 700 injured as a result of a freak cyclone which struck the Indian capital, Delhi on Saturday (18 March).
SYNOPSIS: There were conflicting reports on nature of what happened. One man described the cyclone as "white, funnel-shaped with the cone pointing downwards and sounding like a jet aircraft." Estimates as to how long it lasted vary from 30 seconds to five minutes -- but the devastation left in its wake was beyond dispute.
Electricity cables, telephone lines, trees, lampposts and whole sides of buildings were torn adrift and scattered over a section of the northern area of the city. A bus carrying about 70 passengers over-turned and scores of cars, motorised rickshaws and scooters were blown off the road. The whirlwind followed an almost straight line through several streets and then disappeared over the Yamuna river.
Rescue operations following the disaster were speedy and efficient. Food and shelter were offered to the many people whose homes were damaged and special efforts were made to take the injured to hospital. Meteorological experts however, were unable to give an immediate assessment of the cause of the cyclone, but pointed out that a similar disturbance occurred in the town of Ludhiana a few years ago.
Damage to buildings was extensive and three of all India Radio's four transmission towers were blown down. Schools, colleges, factories, an orphanage and a fire station were ripped apart -- but shortly after the disaster the skies over Delhi were bright and clear with very little wind. Before the cyclone struck there had been light showers and a hailstorm.