IMD issues thunderstorm warning in northern and eastern India

According to reports as many as 124 people lost their lives due to high-intensity dust storms in Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan earlier this week

IMD issues thunderstorm warning in northern and eastern India

IMD warns that winds at a speed of 50-70 kilometers per hour may gush in the region. All evening schools run by the Delhi government and a few private morning schools remained closed on Tuesday.

On Monday, Delhi recorded a temperature of 39.6 degree Celsius, which is above average.

The weather phenomenon, which is causing thunderstorm and squall in several parts of the country, is moving eastward, the Indian Meteorological Department said on Tuesday. The Delhi government said that they are deciding on closing evening schools today and the search and rescue teams will be on alert as the MeT had issued warnings of heavy rain and thunderstorm. The citizens were requested to stay away from the verandah.

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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. It had also adviced people to unplug unnecessary electrical appliances. "This is because lightning can travel along pipes".

The advisory also asked citizens to avoid taking a bath or shower or running water for any objective.

IMD has said, due to the impact of western disturbance, dust storm or thunderstorm accompanied with squalls and hail are likely to occur over Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Sikkim and West Bengal during the period. As a precaution, some schools in Delhi and NCR region have declared holiday. The Haryana government has also canceled the leaves of all municipal officials and fire and emergency services have been put on alert.

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Thunderstorm, accompanied by gusty winds, are very likely at isolated places over Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Assam and Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura, Bihar, West Madhya Pradesh, East Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Coastal and South Interior Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

At the same time, the Delhi Traffic Police has advised commuters to plan their journey after checking the weather conditions.

Last week, severe dust storm and thunderstorm killed at least 124 people and injured more than 300 others in five states.

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