Dust storm hits Delhi, NCR, warning issued as schools to remain shut

Dust storm hits Delhi, NCR, warning issued as schools to remain shut

An unidentified metro official said trains would run at 40 kilometres per hour on elevated stations if the wind speed was under 90 kilometres per hour. The Delhi government on Monday said a disaster helpline had been set up in preparation of the storm and that afternoon shift schools will remain closed on Tuesday as a matter of caution.

According to reports, Monday's maximum temperature in Delhi was recorded at 39.6 degrees, while the minimum temperature settled at 24 degrees.

The Uttar Pradesh government has asked its officials to take precautionary measures in view of the warning for eastern and western districts of the state.

The Met department has warned that thunderstorms and squalls with a wind speed of up to 70 kmph are "very likely" in Uttarakhand and parts of eastern India on Wednesday, signalling that the freak weather phenomenon over northern India has moved eastward.

The Delhi Traffic Police asked people to take precautions while commuting, and the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation said it was on alert for heavy rain.

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Private weather agency Skymet in its forecast has said that there was less chance of severe dust storm in Delhi now. The citizens were requested to stay away from the verandah.

Normal life was disrupted also in parts of Rajasthan, Punjab and Haryana. It had also adviced people to unplug unnecessary electrical appliances.

The advisory also asked citizens to avoid taking a bath or shower or running water for any goal.

The weather department also predicted that a thunderstorm accompanied with squall and hail is likely at isolated places over Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, Haryana, Chandigarh & Delhi, West Uttar Pradesh and Sub-Himalayan, West Bengal and Sikkim. In view of the warning, Delhi government has put search and rescue teams on standby. It also advised commuters not to travel during a storm. Following the IMD warning, the Delhi Metro has chose to exercise extreme caution in running of trains.

This decision came hours after Indian Meteorological Department issued a mild thunderstorm and dust storm warning for the next 48 hours in New Delhi and its neighbouring states.

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