Trees fall as dust storm engulf Delhi-NCR region

Muriel Hammond
May 9, 2018

The met office has said that several parts of north India, including Delhi could witness thunderstorm and squall today as well with winds gusting up to 50-70 kilometers per hour.

"The Delhi government has chose to close all evening schools tomorrow (Tuesday) following warning of heavy rains and thunderstorm".

The Delhi government today made a decision to close all evening schools tomorrow following the weather department's warning about heavy rains and thunderstorm.

The IMD said that thunderstorms, accompanied with squall and hail, are likely to occur are Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Punjab. If wind speed is more than 90kmph, then trains will be put oh hold at platforms... no train will enter the platform with a speed of more than 15kmph.

About 13 states had been put on alert by the meteorological department and now Delhi, NCR, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, and Rajasthan have been witnessing some extreme conditions. Earlier today, a dust storm was also reported from Rajasthan's Bikaner and Jaisalmer districts. There was an IMD alert, issued on Monday, of "a cyclonic circulation over Haryana", saying it will bring light to moderate rainfall in north India.

The Met department said many parts of the state could again see a dust storm or thunderstorm in the next 24 hours.

According to media reports, Rajasthan continues to reel under severe dust storm and heatwave conditions.

No casualties were reported in the dust storm that hit the national Capital on Monday night, but the storm caused power cuts and uprooted trees in areas such as Mayur Vihar, Janakpuri and Dwarka. If the winds were stronger, metro services would be suspended, he said. It has asked people to keep children inside home or shelter.

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

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