An 11-year-old girl died due to strong winds in Mainpuri, Uttar Pradesh on Monday moments after The Indian Meterological Department (IMD) have released an advisory on Monday of 48 hours alert for the thunderstorm and heavy rains across 13 states and two union territories.
In a released statement, IMD said, “Thunderstorm accompanied with squall and hail are very likely at isolated places over J&K, Himachal, Uttarakhand and Punjab. Thunderstorm accompanied with squall is very likely at isolated places over Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi. Thunderstorm accompanied with gusty winds are very likely over West UP, Bihar, West Bengal and Sikkim, Odisha, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipuri, Mizoram, Tripura, Interior Karnataka and Kerala”.
The serious alert for the thunderstorm is the consequence of the major loss occurred due to heavy dust storm followed by rainfall last week which killed at least 124 people injuring 300 others in states of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.
Amid the concern for the prediction of the thunderstorm, Haryana Government had ordered to shut down all the private and public schools in the state on Monday and Tuesday.
An IMD official said, “There are chances of rains at different areas of the city. There are possibilities of thunderstorm and dust storm from Monday evening onwards”.
Chandigarh however, experienced early morning rains and the maximum temperature recorded between 31.5 to 38.5 degree Celsius on Sunday.
The IMD also predicted dust and thunder storm in the next 24 hours in Delhi, Noida, Ballabhgarh, Faridabad and Khurja on Monday evening.
Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, head of IMD confirmed the current status and prediction for the future by saying that, “The thunderstorm activity is already under progress in many parts of the country and we have been missing issuing alerts regarding that. But the activity is likely to intensify and strengthen over the next two days”.