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Dust Storm Hits Delhi-NCR On Early Wednesday Morning; IMD Issues Fresh Warning For Haryana, UP

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New Delhi: A massive storm, along with rains, hit the Delhi-NCR region in the wee hours of Wednesday, uprooting trees and disrupting power supply. No reports of casualties have surfaced so far. The India Meteorological Department has issued a fresh warning today, stating that thunderstorm with light rain is expected to hit over and adjoining areas of Jind, Rohtak, Panipat, Alwar, Bagpat, Meerut and Aligarh during the next two hours, that is between 9-11 am, news agency ANI reported.

On Tuesday evening, the India Meteorological Department had issued a fresh warning for heavy rains and thunderstorm to hit the region in the later part of the evening yesterday. On Sunday as well, a similar storm had hit several states in North India, including Delhi –NCR region. According to the Ministry of Home Affairs, at least 80 people had died and 136 people were injured in five states in the north that were hit by lightning strikes and thunderstorm on Sunday.

51 had died in Uttar Pradesh, 12 in Andhra Pradesh, 14 in West Bengal, two in New Delhi and one in Uttarakhand on Sunday, news agency ANI quoted a report published by the Home Ministry. Meanwhile, on Tuesday, the IMD had predicted that the wind speeds could reach approximately 74 km per hour. In a previous warning, the weather department had forecast moderate to heavy rainfall accompanied by loud peals of thunder with frequent lightning flashes.

On the other hand, power distribution company in New Delhi, BSES, told NDTV that they have constituted teams to deal with the situation and had been put on high alert. They added that they were also attempting to restore the disrupted power in areas that had been affected. Nearly two weeks ago, 134 people were killed while 400 others were injured after a massive dust and thunderstorm hit Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Telangana, Uttarakhand and Punjab.

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