IMD issues fresh alert: Thunderstorm may hit UP, Delhi today; top updates
Posted: May 18, 2018
Current Affairs News: Frequent extreme weather conditions, including thunderstorms, are likely to prevail in North India in the coming days, according to an advisory issued by the India Meteorological Department (IMD). IMD has predicted thunderstorms and gusty winds for the next three days in most parts of the country.
On Friday, thunderstorms, strong winds, and hail storms are likely to hit isolated places in Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Delhi, and parts of North West India.
Further, thunderstorms accompanied with gusty winds are also expected to hit several places in South India, including Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu.
Delhi and adjoining areas in Northern India have been facing repeated warnings and thunderstorms for the past two weeks.
According to a report published by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), 80 people were killed in a thunderstorm that hit five states including New Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, and Uttarakhand on May 13.
Two weeks before this devastation, dust storms and thunderstorms claimed 134 lives and injured 400 people in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Telangana, Uttarakhand, and Punjab.
Thunderstorm and squall are "very likely" to hit some areas of eastern Uttar Pradesh on Friday, according to a release by the meteorological office.
It said the districts that could be affected are Siddharth Nagar, Kushinagar, and Maharajganj.
In its forecast, the Met office said rain and thunderstorm are very likely at isolated places over east Uttar Pradesh and the weather is likely to remain dry over the western part of the state.
Other states in North India are also expected to witness extreme weather conditions in the next three days.
Thunderstorms, strong winds, and hail storms are likely to hit isolated places in Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Delhi, and parts of North West India, according to an IMD release.
IMD scientist K Sathidevi said, "There is a probability of thunderstorm, strong winds and hailstorms in Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, UP, Rajasthan, Delhi and parts of North West India for three days. Dust storm in Rajasthan is also possible."
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