There has been a warning issued for at least 13 states in the country as thunderstorms accompanied by squall, hail and heavy rains are likely to occur, the Home Ministry said. Thunderstorm accompanied with squall and hail are very likely at isolated places over Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh while thunderstorm accompanied with gusty winds are very likely on Monday at isolated places in Uttarakhand and Punjab.
Dust storm and thunderstorm are also likely at isolated places in West Rajasthan, the official said. Following the advisory, Haryana Government has decided that all government and private schools will remain closed on these two days.
State Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma said the decision to keep schools closed on May 7 and 8 has been taken in view of the MeT Department’s warning. In view of the warning, the Haryana Revenue and Disaster Management Department, in an advisory, has suggested safety tips to be adopted in case of thunderstorms, dust storms and squall.
A spokesperson of the department said there is no need to panic and people should follow the precautions, pay special attention to children and senior citizens. All departments have been directed to stay alert, he said.
At least 124 people were killed and more than 300 others were injured in five states due to dust storms, thunderstorms and lightning last week.