Published: Thu, May 10, 2018
Research | By Jennifer Evans

Highly effective mud storm, rain leaves 11 useless in northern India

Highly effective mud storm, rain leaves 11 useless in northern India

Haboobs roll across cities, tearing down trees and power lines in Rajasthan and other states in northern India.

Thunderstorm and hailstorm alert has been issued for Utarkashi, Chamoli, Rudraprayag, Pithoragarh districts of Uttarakhand for the next few hours.

Major parts of North India are expected to be hit by a major thunderstorm, with parts of Delhi NCR, Haryana, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh also receiving strong winds. The Meteorological Department has said that there is a possibility of heavy rains and storms in northern India.

The director general of the IMD, K J Ramesh, said that hill states like Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh will continue to experience thunderstorm like Monday in the next 24 hours. After the alert issued on the weather, all government and private schools of Haryana have been announced to be closed on May 7 and 8. They are Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, Bihar, Assam, Meghalaya, West Bengal, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Sikkim, Odisha, Telangana, north Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. This type of dust storm, triggered by a collapsing thunderstorm, is known as a "haboob".

The same unseasonal highly effective dust-storm along with thunder showers weekly past made over than 120 people dead and a second 200 wounded in five states.

On Monday, an 11-year-old girl was killed in Uttar Pradesh's Mainpuri after a tree fell on her. Where 48 people died. The power department had a loss of 50 crores.

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