Days after powerful dust storm wreaked havoc in parts of Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, the meteorological department has warned of thunderstorm accompanied with heavy rains in at least 13 states.
All government and private schools in Haryana will remain closed on May 8 following the meteorological department’s advisory. The weatherman has forecast thunderstorm with squall at isolated places in Haryana on Monday and Tuesday.
The dust storms have hit Delhi and Haryana on Monday night, few hours after IMD predicted that northern parts of the country would witness thunderstorms accompanied by hail and squall.
In view of the warning, the Haryana Revenue and Disaster Management Department, in an advisory, has suggested safety tips to be adopted in case of thunderstorms, dust storms and squall.
The warning came a week after a powerful dust storm followed by thunder showers left as many 124 people dead and over 100 others injured in Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.
Here are all the developments
# 12:08 AM- Dust storms hits Delhi's RK Puram
#WATCH: Dust storm hits Delhi's RK Puram. According to India Meteorological Department (IMD) a spell of rain/ thunderstorm accompanied with squall (wind speed 50-70 kmph) likely to occur over Delhi and NCR during next 3 to 4 hours. pic.twitter.com/xXc7AHHs5T— ANI (@ANI) May 7, 2018
# 11:30PM- Dust storm hits Delhi-NCR, Haryana
Visuals of dust-storm hitting the Pragati Maidan area of Delhi. Following thunderstorm and dust storm alert, all evening schools to remain shut tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/DM7i7zJebx— ANI (@ANI) May 7, 2018
#10:41PM- Severe dust-storm hits Jhunjhunu in Rajasthan
# 09:39 PM- Thunderstorm with light rain and strong winds would hit NCR, says IMD
Thunderstorm with Light rain and strong winds would occur over NCR including Hisar, Jind Rohtak, Bhiwani and Narnaul during next two hrs.— NDMA India (@ndmaindia) May 7, 2018
# 03:55 PM: Delhi govt puts search, rescue teams on standby: The Delhi government has put search and rescue teams on standby in every district following the meteorological department's warning about heavy rains and thunderstorm. The revenue department of the government has issued directions to all district officers and said water and power utilities would also keep restoration teams ready.
# 03: 45 PM: Pre-Disaster Preparation Guidelines: 1. Prepare an emergency kit with essential items for safety and survival; 2. Secure your house, carry out repairs, don't leave sharp objects loose; 3. Secure outside objects that could blow away and cause damage; 4. Remove rotting trees/broken branches that could fall and cause injury or damage; 5. Listen to radio, read news papers and watch News Nation for latest updates and warnings
# 02:30 PM: Two dead, 15 injured as high winds sweep across MP town: A woman and a child were killed in separate incidents of house collapse and 15 others injured when high velocity winds swept across the Porsa town in Morena district of Madhya Pradesh.
# 12:40 PM: IMD warns dust and thunderstorm in Delhi: "Till tomorrow there's possibility of dust storm&thunderstorm in Delhi. Haryana & several north Indian states. In parts of J&K, Himachal&U'khand there are chances of rainfall & thunderstorm. These thunderstorms will be moderate," says Devendra Pradhan, India Meteorological Department
# 11:05 AM: Snowfall starts in Himachal: Keylong in Lahul-Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh receive fresh snowfall amid the warning of thunderstorm.
#09:55 AM: Panchkula schools closed: Schools in Panchkula closed for students after Haryana Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma directed all government and private schools in the state to remain closed on 7th and 8th May in view of rain and thunderstorm warning by India Meteorological Department.
#09:30 AM: Private weather forecast company Skymet has predicted Thunderstorm, dust storm in several states, including Delhi, North Rajasthan.
#09:15 AM: Early morning rains in Chandigarh: Heavy to moderate rains lash parts of Chandigarh early on Monday morning. Most schools in the Union Territory remained closed following the thunderstorm warning.
#09:10 AM: Schools to remain shut in Haryana: All government and private schools in Haryana will remain closed on Monday and Tuesday. State Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma said that the decision to keep schools closed on May 7 and 8 has been taken in view of the MeT Depatment's warning.
#09:05 AM: Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal and Punjab on alert: Thunderstorm accompanied with squall and hail are very likely at isolated places over Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh while thunderstorm accompanied with gusty winds are very likely today at isolated places in Uttarakhand and Punjab.
09:00 AM: Hello and Welcome to News Nation Live updates. IMD has issued warning of a powerful thunderstorm with squall at several parts of the country on May 7 and May 8. We shall keep you alert about all the weather related information over the next two days.