Dust storm hits Delhi, NCR, warning issued as schools to remain shut

Dust storm hits Delhi, NCR, warning issued as schools to remain shut

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

Western disturbances over Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh are causing the thunder-activity along with several other factors, Mohapatra said, adding these weather conditions are likely to continue at least until Tuesday.

Earlier, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a fresh warning of thunderstorm accompanied with rain and strong gusty winds in New Delhi and National Capital Regions (NCR) including Hisar, Kaithal, Jind, Kurukshetra, Karnal in next two hours.

The government and Department of Education also issued circulars on the MeT warnings of dos and don'ts. They urged the commuters to not travel during the storm.

Several parts of these states could witness thunderstorm and squall with winds gusting up to 50-70 kilometers per hour, the alert said. "The district and sub-district search and rescue teams have been put on standby", a senior official of the department said.

The Delhi Traffic Police on Monday evening had issued an advisory and also alerted the field formations to be ready to handle obstacles such as fallen trees that were removed immediately to avoid traffic chaos.

Moderate to light rains occurred at places in Jodhpur, Bikaner, Jaipur and Ajmer divisions while the weather remained dry in other divisions, according to the Met department.

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Severe dust-storm was reported from Rajasthan's Jhunjhunu, Sikar.

There is a condition of blackout in many towns and villages.

A total of 124 people have lost their lives so far in the thuderstorms since last month. Dhaulpur witnessed damage to 1,000 poles, 75 transformers and 138 feeders.

Haryana had announced on Sunday that schools would remain shut until Tuesday.

Apart from the northern states and west Madhya Pradesh, dust-storms with gusty winds are also likely to hit isolated places in north-eastern states, including Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura and also Bihar.

There is also likelihood of heavy rains in the southern states including Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Puducherry and south Odisha.

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