Delhi, NCR witness dust storm, rains likely

Delhi, NCR witness dust storm, rains likely

India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued fresh warning of a thunderstorm, accompanied by heavy to moderate squall on acorss north India Tuesday.

The IMD predicted the severe weather for Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Delhi, Haryana, Chandigarh, western Uttar Pradesh, Sikkim and West Bengal.

The Ministry has said that in some places of Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh, there may be rains with thunderstorms and hailstorms on Monday.

Following the alert, Delhi Government and Delhi Police has issued advisory. The advisory said that commuters should "keep themselves updated about weather conditions and plan their journey accordingly".

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation said that they would be cautious in running the trains.

The Delhi Traffic Police's has advised people not to panic and avoid travelling when the storm hits the place.

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Thunderstorms and gusty winds are likely to hit several northern Indian states, including Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, and Delhi on Tuesday, according to the weather forecast by India Meteorological Department (IMD).

The revenue department of the government has already issued directions to all district officers and said water and power utilities would also keep restoration teams ready. "If the wind speed is reported to be above 90 km per hour, trains will be put on hold at platforms".

Electricity distribution and transmission system in Rajasthan sustained heavy damage owing to the strong storm which lashed the state on Wednesday night.

A total of 124 people have lost their lives so far in the thuderstorms since last month.

Apart from the northern states and west Madhya Pradesh, dust-storms with gusty winds are also likely to hit isolated places in north-eastern states, including Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura and also Bihar.

Notably, the Haryana government had ordered closure of schools on May 7 and 8, with Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma yesterday saying that the decision had been taken in view of the MeT warning.

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