New Delhi, Jun 13: Thunderstorm accompanied with squall, dust storm, rain and hailstone is very likely to occur during next hours (till 9 PM) over several areas in Uttar Pradesh. The regions to be affected are Gonda, Shravasti, Faizabad, Basti districts and adjoining areas. An advisory issued by Meteorological Centre, Lucknow states that the wind speed as high as 50 km/h gusting over 75 km/h are also expected.

“Thunderstorm with Squall/Dust storm/Rain very likely to occur during next 2 hrs (valid up to 2100 hrs IST) over areas in Gonda, Shravasti, Faizabad, Basti districts & adjoining areas. Wind speed as high as 50 km/h gusting over 75 km/h also expected,” a tweet posted by news agency, quoting Lucknow Meteorological Centre, read.

The Meteorological Centre, Lucknow has also predicted hailstone at a few places in Gonda, Shravasti and Faizabad districts during next two hours (valid up to 2100 hrs).

The air quality in Delhi deteriorated on Wednesday beyond the “severe” level because of a ground-level dust storm in western India which increased coarser particles in the air, the Central Pollution Control Board data showed.

The data said that the PM10 (particles with diameter less than 10mm) level was beyond “severe” at 778 in Delhi-NCR area and 824 in Delhi particularly, leading to hazy conditions and limiting visibility.

Dust storm accompanied with thunderstorm, light rain and squall hit Delhi and NCR (National Capital Region) on June 9 evening. In total 27 flights were diverted due to thunderstorm and rain between 5 PM to 6 PM, news agency ANI reported. No damage to property or human life due to strong winds and dust storm was reported immediately from anywhere in Delhi or its suburbs.

On June 8, twenty-six people were killed in dust storms and lightning that struck parts of Uttar Pradesh. “As many as 26 people were killed due to dust storms and lightning strikes in 11 districts of Uttar Pradesh,” a government spokesperson said.

While five deaths each were reported from Jaunpur and Sultanpur, four died in Unnao, three each died in Chandauli and Bahraich, two in Rae Bareli and one each in Mirzapur, Sitapur, Amethi and Pratapgarh, he added. Kannauj district was also affected by a dust storm but no casualty was reported from there.

Thunderstorm in May

Dust storm claimed 124 lives and injured more than 300 people in five states, earlier in May. The maximum casualty was reported from Uttar Pradesh where dust storm had claimed 73 lives. A total of 35 people were killed in Rajasthan, while eight were killed in Telangana, two people were killed in Punjab and six people succumbed to death in Uttarakhand due to a thunderstorm.