Trees fall as dust storm engulf Delhi-NCR region

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IMD Issues Warning For New Delhi And Haryana:- With summer temperatures bringing the heat all over and dust storms creating a havoc across UP and Rajasthan, thunderstorms are now creating tough times across North India. Trees were uprooted in parts of Delhi. The Delhi Traffic Police urged people to take precautions while commuting and the Delhi Metro said it was on alert for heavy rain.

The revenue department of the government has already issued directions to all district officers and said water and power utilities would also keep restoration teams ready.

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Dust storms hit Chandigarh and parts of Punjab and Haryana this evening with many residents preferring to stay indoors in view of the IMD's forecast of thunderstorm and squall tomorrow in several parts of north India.

Several parts of these states could witness thunderstorm and squall with winds gusting up to 50-70 kilometers per hour, the alert said.

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"Thunderstorm with squall conditions are expected with wind speeds reaching 50-70 km/hr in some places in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand". It also advised the morning-shift schools to avoid outdoor activities, since the weather department has predicted that the storm is likely to peak in the capital by 5.30pm. The advisory said commuters should "keep themselves updated about the weather conditions and plan their journey accordingly". If the winds were stronger, metro services would be suspended, he said.

This photo taken on May 2, 2018 shows people walking under heavy rainfall in the northern hill town of Shimla in Himachal Pradesh state. "The western disturbance that was supposed to hit Delhi on May 8 had passed on Monday night..." said Kuldeep Srivastava, scientist, regional meteorological centre. There is also a trough of low pressure between Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. Our correspondent reports, a separate alert has been issued for Saharanpur and Baharaich districts. Places adjoining Delhi, such as Gurugram, Noida, Rohtak, Bhiwani, Jhajjar, Gurugram, Bagpat, Meerut and Ghaziabad also experienced the dust storm, ANI reported.

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