Thunder, sandstorm warning issued in northern states

The Indian Meteorological Department on Friday issued a fresh warning for strong thunderstorms and gusty winds across several states including Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

The weather department in a statement said the thunderstorm accompanied by severe winds were likely today over Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, Punjab, Bihar, Jharkhand, Sikkim, Odisha, northwest Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, Rayalaseema, north coastal Andhra Pradesh, interior Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

The strong winds are about to continue but will affect fewer states.

In Rajasthan, where 35 people died and 209 were injured, officials said most of the deaths were due to lightning. The storm has also disrupted power supply due to damage to 12,000 electric poles and 2,500 transformers.

The most affected region by the recent sandstorm is Agra, about 73 people have died in Uttar Pradesh and 91 injured.

The home ministry has issued a special advisory saying thunderstorm accompanied with squall are very likely at isolated places in Uttarakhand, Assam and Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Sub Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim.

Thunderstorm accompanied with gusty winds are very likely to occur at isolated places in Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and gangetic West Bengal.

Heavy rains are very likely at isolated places in Assam, Meghalaya and Tripura. Dust -storms are very likely at isolated places in Rajasthan, an official said.


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