Rains lash parts of India, high storm alert for next 48 hours

Thunderstorms, rains likely today

IMD warns of thunderstorms in 13 states today

Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Nagaland, Mizoram, Tripura, Bihar, West Bengal, Sikkim, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala are asked to be on high alert from Monday as there are chances of heavy rains and thunderstorm.

The official said, dust storm and thunderstorm are also likely at isolated places in West Rajasthan.

In view of rain and thunderstorm warning by India Meteorological Department (IMD), all government and private schools in Haryana will remain closed on May 7 and 8, the state government issued an order on Sunday.

India is facing disastrous dust storms and thunderstorms witnessing loss and lives and property in states like UP, Rajasthan, Telangana, Uttarakhand and Punjab.

Haryana revenue and disaster management department has issued advisory suggesting safety tips to be adopted in case of bad weather conditions. According to the forecast, thunderstorm accompanied with squall will hit isolated places over Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi.

A spokesperson of the department said there is no need to panic and people should follow precautions, pay special attention to children and senior citizens.

On Monday, as precautionary measure, schools across Haryana will remain shut today and tomorrow. Thunderstorm accompanied with gusty winds are very likely on Monday at isolated places in Uttarakhand and Punjab. The home ministry alert comes after 124 people died and over 300 were injured in thunderstorms and lightning that hit five states last week.

For Delhi-NCR, the Met department has said very light rain accompanied with strong gusty winds is likely (26-50% probability) on Monday morning. Eight people were killed in Telangana, six in Uttarakhand and two in Punjab; almost 100 people were injured in these three states.

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