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Thunderstorm High Alert in Delhi – Dust Storm Hits Several States

Earlier on Monday (7th May), the Delhi government decided to close all evening schools on Tuesday and put search and rescue teams on standby in the wake of the meteorological department issuing a warning of heavy rain and thunderstorm. The traffic police has alerted their field formations to be ready to remove obstacles such as fallen trees and asked commuters to check weather conditions before travelling.

"If wind speed is reported in the range of 70-90 kmph then train movement will remain normal but trains will enter with a restricted speed of 40 kmph or less at the platforms on elevated section. If wind speed is reported more than 90 kmph then trains will be put on hold at platforms and no train will enter platform with a speed of more than 15 kmph," a senior DMRC official said.

 

According to education web portal Admissiondone, there are around 400 evening schools running in the national capital. The government has also asked other schools not to hold outdoor activities and extracurricular activities between 3 pm and 7 pm during which the wind speed is expected to remain high.

All the public and private schools in Ghaziabad and many in Noida will remain closed on Tuesday in view of the adverse weather expected, District Magistrate Ritu Maheswari said. Schools in neighbouring Haryana have been closed till today following storm warnings. The Haryana government has cancelled leave of all municipal officials in view of the met department's forecast.

 

The met department has issued warnings about thunderstorms and squalls across 20 states: 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.

At least 120 people were killed and more than 300 others injured across five states last week due to dust storms, thunderstorms and lightning. A severe storm in parts of Tripura in the last 48 hours has claimed a life of an elderly woman and damaged over 1,800 houses, officials from the state emergency operation centre said.


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