Dust Storm, Thunderstorm Lashes Out Across North India


New Delhi: High-speed winds lashed Delhi and adjoining areas in NCR – including Gurgaon and Noida late Monday night. The Met department had already issued a warning for thunderstorm accompanied by high-speed winds, the Delhi government and Delhi traffic police also issued directives soon after. Residents have been advised to stay indoors and if outside at all, to exercise maximum caution.

Evening schools in Delhi will remain shut on Tuesday while Haryana had already announced school holidays for the first two days of the week.

Meanwhile, dust storms and thundershowers lashed several parts of Rajasthan including Bikaner. Many areas in western UP too reported high-speed winds which brought in heavy showers accompanied by lightning. Schools in Meerut and Ghaziabad will remain shut on Tuesday.

Several areas in Punjab and Haryana too witnessed dust storms forcing locals to take refuge indoors. Reportedly, Haryana government has cancelled leave of all officials in civic bodies across the state, in view of the IMD alert of thunderstorm and squall. The news agency also reported that fire and other emergency services, too, have been directed to remain alert.

In Himachal Pradesh, mild snowfall occurred on Monday in the mountain areas while some parts received rain. The IMD has also warned that other states likely to be affected by the thundershowers include Bihar, West Bengal, Sikkim, Odisha, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Karnataka and Kerala.