IMD Issues Warning For New Delhi And Haryana

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.

The Himachal Pradesh government on Tuesday advised residents and the tourists to avoid travelling towards high hills of Kullu, Chamba, Lahaul, Spiti and Kinnaur, as it continued to snow moderately across the state, The Indian Express reported. The advisory said that commuters should "keep themselves updated about weather conditions and plan their journey accordingly".

The Delhi Metro has also made a decision to exercise extreme caution in running trains. Ten calls were also received by the traffic helpline in connection with the storm.

Meanwhile, duststorm has hit many places in Jodhpur and Bikaner divisions and isolated areas in Jaipur, Ajmer and Kota regions of Rajasthan, affecting normal life.

They have also put search and rescue teams on standby.

Fire and other emergency services, too, have been directed to remain alert.

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While the IMD issued a weather warning, officials maintained that the intensity of the thunderstorm would be much lower than that of the 2 May storm, with wind speed of about 50-70 kmph.

The Met department on Tuesday warned that thunderstorms and squalls with a wind speed of up to 70 kmph are "very likely" in Uttarakhand and parts of eastern India on Wednesday, signalling that the freak weather phenomenon over northern India has moved eastward.

Electricity distribution and transmission system in Rajasthan sustained heavy damage owing to the strong storm which lashed the state on Wednesday night.

Efforts are on to restore power supply in these places and arrangements are being made for 13,000 poles along with transformers and other material.

Haryana had announced on Sunday that schools would remain shut until Tuesday.

Isolated places in Tamil Nadu, south interior Karnataka and Kerala could witness heavy rains along with thunder-storm.

  • Marjorie Miles