Published: Wed, May 09, 2018
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

Dust storm hits Delhi, NCR, warning issued as schools to remain shut

Dust storm hits Delhi, NCR, warning issued as schools to remain shut

"All evening schools will remain closed tomorrow following the weather warning", a senior government official told news agency PTI.

The Delhi Traffic Police asked people to take precautions while commuting, and the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation said it was on alert for heavy rain.

Amid the warning of a thunderstorm accompanied by squall in the national capital, the Delhi Police on Tuesday issued a traffic advisory for the public.

The warning has also been issued for southern part of the country for today and tomorrow. "The worst is over", Mahesh Palawat, chief meteorologist at Skymet Weather, a private forecaster, said of Delhi NCR.

Several parts of these states could witness thunderstorm and squall with winds gusting up to 50-70 kilometers per hour, the alert said. It also advised commuters not to travel during a storm. The advisory said that commuters should "keep themselves updated about weather conditions and plan their journey accordingly".

Gunmen abduct 7 Indians in Afghanistan
They were abducted while travelling to the area, where the company, KEC, owns an electricity sub-station contract. The engineers worked for Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat, which runs power-generating stations in the country.

The advisory also asked people to avoid taking a bath or shower or running water for any goal. They're also asked to not use electrical appliances during the storm, and stay indoors during the storm.

The Haryana government has cancelled leave of all officials in civic bodies across the state, in view of the IMD alert of thunderstorm and squall.

Parts of Delhi witnessed a dust storm coupled with a drizzle in the evening, with MeT department keeping an eye on its progress.

The commuters have been advised to take shelter under concrete structures. While a thunderstorm accompanied with gusty winds is very likely at isolated places over Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Assam & Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram & Tripura, Bihar, West Madhya Pradesh, East Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Coastal & South Interior Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. "The western disturbance started affecting the hills on May 6 and moved eastwards impacting the plains", Kuldeep Srivastava, a senior scientist at IMD, said.

Last week, 124 people died and more than 300 people were injured in the incidents of storms and lightning in 5 states of India, including Rajasthan, western Uttar Pradesh.

Like this: