Thunderstorm and rain has wreaked havoc in many parts of the country and the crisis still continues. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued an alert forecasting that several parts of north India including Delhi could witness thunderstorm and squall today with winds gusting up to 50-70 kilometres per hour. IMD said that the thunderstorms are likely to hit several parts of north India till Friday since the mountains of Himachal Pradesh have received fresh snowfall.
On Monday, an 11-year-old girl was killed in Uttar Pradesh’s Mainpuri after a tree fell on her. Strong winds have snapped electric lines and uprooted a number of trees. In Tripura, an elderly woman was killed and over 1,800 houses were damaged after a nor’wester struck various parts of the state. A woman and a child were killed in separate incidents of house collapse and 15 others injured when high-velocity winds swept across the Porsa town in Morena district of Madhya Pradesh.
New Delhi alos faced the brunt with power cuts and uprooted trees being reported from parts of the national capital region. The met office has said that several parts of north India, including Delhi could witness thunderstorm and squall today as well with winds gusting up to 50-70 kilometers per hour. As a precaution, some schools in Delhi and NCR region have declared holiday. The Delhi Traffic Police urged people to take precautions while commuting and the Delhi Metro said it was on alert for heavy rain. Search and rescue teams are on standby.
As a precautionary measure, Haryana has ordered the school to remain closed for May 7 and 8 (yesterday and today), while Delhi government has shut down evening shifts of the schools for today and has advised people to stay indoor between 3pm and 7pm during which winds speed is expected to remain high. In Ghaziabad, all the public and private schools will remain closed today.