24-hour dust, thunderstorm warnings issued in hill states

24-hour dust, thunderstorm warnings issued in hill states

24-hour dust, thunderstorm warnings issued in hill states

Dust storms, rain and thunder hit parts of northern India today, leaving at least 100 animals dead in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district, uprooting trees and blowing the roofs off homes in Himachal Pradesh's Shimla, but striking with less fury in other places.

About 13 states had been put on alert by the meteorological department and now Delhi, NCR, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, and Rajasthan have been witnessing some extreme conditions.

Private weather agency Skymet in its forecast has said that there was less chance of severe dust storm in Delhi now.

The meeting was called to review the arrangements made in view of the alert issued by the (IMD).

Heavy rain is also likely in TN, Kerala, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Nagaland and Mizoram in the next five days.

Schools in neighbouring Haryana have been closed till today following storm warnings.

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The IMD said that duststorms very likely at isolated places over Rajasthan, the Met office said.

The weatherman has forecast hazy sky in the evening with a possibility of heavy rains and thunderstorm late night.

Schools are open in Rajasthan. "The government said that all evening schools (second shift that starts in afternoon) will be shut on Tuesday", an official statement said.

The Delhi Metro, too, has chose to exercise extreme caution in running of trains in the wake of the warning. 2,500 people have taken shelter there.

Effects are expected to be seen in isolated places over Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi and western Uttar Pradesh in the next 48 hours. Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar cancelled the holidays of municipality officials, according to the Hindustan Times. If wind speed is more than 90kmph, then trains will be put oh hold at platforms... no train will enter the platform with a speed of more than 15kmph. The IMD in a bulletin has said that the wind speed is predicted to touch 50-70 km per hour.

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