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Published: Wed, May 09, 2018
Medical | By Garry George

Delhi, UP, Haryana Brace For Thunderstorms Today

Delhi, UP, Haryana Brace For Thunderstorms Today

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.

At least 124 people died and more than were 200 injured after a severe thunderstorm hit several parts of northern India on 2 May. Delhi government has announced that all evening schools across the national capital will remain closed. Action on the Haryana government's orders, schools remained closed on Monday too, as a preventive measure following the thunderstorm warning.

In a related development, North Delhi Municipal Corporation has chose to close all its schools that function in the "evening shift". At around 11:15 pm, strong winds lashed New Delhi, a Safdarganj observatory official said.

The high-velocity wind swept through Delhi around 11.15 pm. "Uttar Pradesh is also expected to be affected, where Agra and Mathura will be on the radar", it said.

The maximum temperature was recorded at 34.7 degrees Celsius on Tuesday, four notches below normal while the minimum settled at 22 degrees Celsius, normal for this time of the year, a MeT official said. Skymet warned people to exercise caution and not expose themselves to inclement weather conditions.

Several parts of these states could witness thunderstorm and squall with winds gusting up to 50-70 kilometers per hour, the alert said. Strong wind, accompanied by dust, were also reported from Noida. In every district of Delhi, search and rescue teams have been put on standby.

The Delhi Traffic Police has meanwhile advised commuters to plan their journey after checking the weather conditions. It said a similar weather pattern is likely to be witnessed in West Bengal, and in six of the seven northeastern states, except Mizoram. The Delhi police have asked people not to venture out without checking storm warnings.

Keep away from overhead electric wires, tinned roofs, trees etc. while stopping or parking vehicles.

The government also issued a list of "dos and don'ts" to deal with any such possible situation.

Residents have also been advised to stay indoors and take precaution if going out. Haryana government has also cancelled leaves of officials.

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