New Delhi, May 7: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Monday issued a fresh warning that thunderstorms along with gusty winds and moderate rainfall are likely to hit many states. All schools in Ghaziabad and Meerut will remain closed tomorrow, Tuesday, following thunderstorm alert for the areas, a news agency ANI reported. A massive sandstorm also hit Khajuwala city of Bikaner district in Rajasthan. Also Read - Petrol Prices Touch Record High in Delhi & Mumbai | Check Prices Here
Earlier in the day, the Meteorological department had predicted that in the next 48 hours another dust storm will hit in parts of Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. “Till tomorrow, there is a possibility of a dust storm and a thunderstorm in Delhi, Haryana, and several north Indian states. In parts of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, there are chances of rainfall and thunderstorm”, the weather agency further predicted. Also Read - Many Healthworkers in Delhi & Bihar Unwilling to Take Bharat Biotech's Covaxin Due to Lack of Efficacy Data
Meanwhile, it was reported that severe dust storm hit Sikar city in Rajasthan and electricity supply was disrupted in the area. On Sunday, the Indian Meteorological Department had predicted that thunderstorm with rain to occur over and adjoining areas of Meerut, Hapur, Muzaffarnagar, and Bijnor. (Also read: 13 States, 2 UTs On Storm Alert Till May 8; Haryana Schools to Remain Shut For 2 Days)
Following the warning, schools in Haryana will remain closed over the next two days. State Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma had said the decision to keep schools closed on May 7 and 8 has been taken in view of the MeT Department’s warning.
Earlier on May 2, 124 people were killed while more than 300 injured due to thunderstorm and lightning in five states including West Bengal, Odisha, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. The maximum casualty was reported in UP where 73 people were killed, while 91 others were injured. In Rajasthan, altogether 35 people were killed and 206 injured, while eight people were killed in Telangana, six in Uttarakhand and two in Punjab. Nearly 100 people were injured in Telangana, Uttarakhand, and Punjab.