13 states on storm alert, Haryana schools closed for 2 days

By Hindustan Times on 07 May 2018

Thunderstorms accompanied by squall, hail and heavy rains are likely to occur in at least 13 states and two Union Territories across the country on Monday, the home ministry said.

Heavy rains are likely on Monday at isolated places over Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura, a home ministry official said quoting an Indian Meteorological Department advisory.

Thunderstorm accompanied with gusty winds are very likely at isolated places over Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi and western Uttar Pradesh.

In Haryana, all schools will remain closed on May 7 and May 8 in view of the meteorological department’s warning.

Haryana revenue and disaster management department has issued advisory suggesting safety tips to be adopted in case of bad weather conditions.

A government spokesperson said all departments have been directed to stay alert and prepare emergency kits with essential items for safety and survival.

Dust storm and thunderstorm are also likely at isolated places in West Rajasthan, the official said.

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

(With PTI inputs)