Dust Storm with a wind speed of 70 kms/hr hit Delhi, NCR

09 May, 2018, 00:25 | Author: Yolanda Murray
  • IMD issues thunderstorm warning in northern and eastern India

"If the wind speed is reported to be above 90 km per hour, trains will be put on hold at platforms". Heavy rains and thunderstorm were forecast for the national capital tonight by the Meteorological (MeT) department.

Following the IMD warning, the Delhi government has made a decision to close all evening schools on Tuesday.

A western disturbance runs over Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh, while there is a cyclonic circulation over northeast Rajasthan, west Madhya Pradesh and Haryana, and this will bring light to moderate rainfall in north India, Mritunjay Mohapatra, additional Director General, IMD, said. Monday, May 7, night saw dust storms with speeds of about 70 kilometers per hour and the Met office has said that this is likely to continue Tuesday, May 8, as well. All schools are going to remain shut in Haryana, and there was already heavy downpour in Chandigarh today.

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No casualties were reported in the dust storm that hit the national Capital on Monday night, but the storm caused power cuts and uprooted trees in areas such as Mayur Vihar, Janakpuri and Dwarka.

Private weather agency Skymet in its forecast has said that there was less chance of severe dust storm in Delhi now. Metro authorities explained that the trains will function normally if the winds are within 70-90 kmph.

The Haryana government has cancelled leave of all officials in civic bodies across the state, in view of the IMD alert of thunderstorm and squall. An official of the Home Ministry of India said that heavy rains may occur at some places in Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, and Tripura.

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The Delhi Metro has chose to exercise extreme caution in running of trains in wake of the warning. People need to take action to keep themselves and others safe.

At least 124 people were killed and more than 300 others injured in five states due to dust storms, thunderstorms and lightning last week.

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