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Hailstorm wraps Delhi-NCR streets in white, brings traffic to standstill and houses collapsed

Heavy rain and hailstorms lashed several parts of Delhi and NCR Thursday, covering roads and parks in a white shroud. According to officials from the India Meteorological Department (IMD), a western disturbance that brought snow to Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh is behind the sudden turn in weather in Delhi.

Twenty-four houses collapsed and at least 20 people were injured when a sudden storm having high wind speed swept through a village in the Ecotech Sector 3 area in Noida on Thursday, 7 February

The inspector said the fire brigade and police reached the spot after getting information about the incident, adding that search and rescue operations were underway. Police said some cattle were also injured in the incident.