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Squall, Dust Storm Hit Delhi, 20 States On Alert

Squall, Dust Storm Hit Delhi, 20 States On Alert

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

Strong gusts of wind followed by rain hit several parts of Delhi and Gurgaon late on Monday night, with power cuts and uprooted trees being reported from parts of the national capital region. Places adjoining Delhi, such as Gurugram, Noida, Rohtak, Bhiwani, Jhajjar, Gurugram, Bagpat, Meerut and Ghaziabad also experienced the dust storm, ANI reported.

The meeting was called to review the arrangements made in view of the alert issued by the (IMD). Heavy rains are also expected at isolated places over Tamil Nadu, south interior Karnataka and Kerala.

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

Meanwhile, severe dust storm has hit Jhunjunu and Sikar districts of Rajasthan.

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. Thunderstorm accompanied with squall is very likely at isolated places over Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi.

Many schools here announced a holiday minutes before the educational institutes were to open, forcing many students to return to their homes.

The government also asked people to ensure that children and animals are inside and unplug unnecessary electrical appliances. 2,500 people have taken shelter there. "No train will enter platforms with a speed of more than 15 kmph", a metro official told PTI.

Following the IMD warning, the Delhi Metro has made a decision to exercise extreme caution in running of trains.

The IMD predicted the severe weather for Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Delhi, Haryana, Chandigarh, western Uttar Pradesh, Sikkim and West Bengal.


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