IMD Issues Thunderstorm, Rain Warning in Delhi-NCR

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A high-velocity dust storm hit parts of north India on Monday night with a wind speed of up to 70 kilometres per hour, the Met office said.

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), which operates trains in the national capital and NCR, said it would exercise extreme caution in running of trains.

Following a warning from the meteorological department about heavy rain and thunderstorm in the national capital, the Delhi government has put search and rescue teams on standby and the traffic police have alerted their field formations to be ready for removal of obstacles.

Earlier in the day, the IMD issued a mild thunderstorm and dust storm warning for the next 48 hours in New Delhi and its neighbouring states.

The Delhi Police also issued an advisory to the citizens and commuters. People can contact Delhi Police civic and traffic helpline - 1095, 25844444 - if they are caught in any trouble during the storm.

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"Thunderstorm accompanied with squall (wind speed 50-70 kmph) are very likely at isolated places over J&K, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Chandigarh and Delhi, west UP and sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim", it said.

In the list, the government has advised the people to stay indoors and follow the local weather updates for further alerts and warnings. Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar cancelled the holidays of municipality officials, according to the Hindustan Times. People need to take action to keep themselves and others safe. Following such incident, an alert has been issued by the Home Ministry of India. Trees were uprooted in parts of Delhi.

Commuters were advised to take shelter under concrete structures. While a thunderstorm accompanied with gusty winds is very likely at isolated places over Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Assam & Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram & Tripura, Bihar, West Madhya Pradesh, East Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Coastal & South Interior Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Drivers were asked to use dippers or parking lights while driving.

Yellow (Be aware): Severely bad weather is possible over the next few days, plan ahead thinking about possible travel delays and disruption of day-to-day activities possible.

In the thunderstorm last week, at least 124 people died and more than 300 were injured in northern states.

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