Thunderstorm, Rain Likely to Hit 13 States, 2 UTs Today; Schools in Haryana to Remain Closed Till May 8

Monday, May 7 2018

Thunderstorm, Rain Likely to Hit 13 States, 2 UTs Today; Schools in Haryana to Remain Closed Till May 8

> India Thunderstorm, Rain Likely to Hit 13 States, 2 UTs Today; Schools in Haryana to Remain Closed Till May 8 13 States, 2 UTs On Storm Alert Till May 8; Haryana Schools to Remain Shut For 2 Days Updated: May 7, 2018 6:42 AM IST IN PICS: Panchkula flooded with Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s followers; high alert in Punjab and Haryana!
New Delhi, May 7: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a fresh advisory stating that thunderstorm along with squall, hail and heavy rains is likely to hit 13 states including national capital, adjoining NCR and two Union Territories. Following the warning, schools in Haryana have been asked to remain closed over the next two days. State Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma said the decision to keep schools closed on May 7 and 8 has been taken in view of the MeT Depatment’s warning.
An advisory of the India Meteorological Departmen t said that thunderstorm and rain would occur over Faridabad, Ballabhgarh, Khurja, Greater Noida, Bulandshahr, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh.
Speaking about the possible weather situation, IMD director Manmohan Singh said, “Rainfall is expected in many regions of the state between 6 and 8 May, and a warning for thunderstorm and strong winds on 7 and 8 May has been issued for Shimla, Solan, Hamirpur, Mandi, Kangra and Una districts.”
The IMD also stated that light rain to thunder showers might occur at isolated places during next 48-72 hours in Punjab. It also said that Rain/ thunder shower activity is likely to increase in intensity and spread between 7-8 May.
“Thunderstorm accompanied with Squall is also likely at isolated places during this period,” the Indian Meteorological Department said. It also predicted that thunderstorm with rain to occur over and adjoining areas of Meerut, Hapur, Muzaffarnagar and Bijnor on Sunday.
Dust storm along with thunderstorm is likely at Rajasthan. On the other hand northeastern states like Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura may witness heavy rains today.
Earlier on May 2, 124 people were killed while more than 300 injured due to thunderstorm and lightning in five states including West Bengal, Odisha, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. The maximum casualty was reported in UP where 73 people were killed, while 91 others were injured. In Rajasthan, altogether 35 people were killed and 206 injured, while eight people were killed in Telangana, six in Uttarakhand and two in Punjab. Nearly 100 people were injured in Telangana, Uttarakhand and Punjab. 6:41 AM IST | Updated Date: May 7, 2018 6:42 AM IST Topics: