Dust storm hits Chandigarh, Punjab and Haryana

Dust storm hits Chandigarh, Punjab and Haryana

The Indian Meteorological Department yesterday said in its alert that several parts of north India could witness squall and thunderstorm today.

Uttar Pradesh suffered the maximum with 73 deaths due to the dust storm. Metro services in Delhi and NCR will also be affected by the storm.

"Haryana weather department has issued a high alert for two days and they will give the exact updates of three hours in advance before any major alert and we will keep on informing about the weather and their alerts". An official of the Home Ministry of India said that heavy rains may occur at some places in Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, and Tripura. There may be light rain in some places but no dust storm.

Higher altitude areas may receive heavy rains and snowfall and Manmohan Singh, Director of IMD, Himachal Pradesh, said that the temperature in Shimla has already dipped four-five degrees below normal.

The Meteorological Department had said that thunderstorms and squalls are "very, very likely at isolated places in Haryana, Chandigarh, and Delhi".

Schools are open in Rajasthan. The Haryana government has cancelled leave of all municipal officials in view of the met department's forecast.

All evening schools run by the Delhi government and few private schools operating in morning shift remained closed today.

The advisory also asked people to avoid taking a bath or shower or running water for any goal. "Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi and west Uttar Pradesh could also witness these conditions", the Hindustan Times quoted the Met office as saying.

The Delhi government held a high-level meeting chaired by Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash to review the preparedness in the wake of the warning.

In the thunderstorm last week, at least 124 people died and more than 300 were injured in northern states.