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Haryana Schools Closed, 13 States Go On Storm Alert After Home Ministry Advisory

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| May 7 , 2018 , 08:14 IST

Barely days after heavy dust and thunderstorms resulted in the death of 126 people in north India, more thunderstorms are likely to affect 13 states and 2 union territories on Monday, the Union Home Ministry said in a recent advisory. Due to the impending storms, schools in Haryana have been asked to remain closed for Monday and Tuesday.

The states thunderstorms are likely to affect are: Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Sikkim, Odisha, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Karnataka and Kerala. Meanwhile, heavy rain is expected in isolated areas of 6 northeast states, namely, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura on Monday, as per the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

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Thunderstorms and squall are likely to take place in areas of Haryana Chandigarh and Delhi on Monday, and dust storms have been predicted for areas of Rajasthan.

The thunderstorm and gusty winds are expected to affect parts of Punjab, eastern Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, southern Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala on Tuesday.

However, according to Met officials, the current storms are not expected to be as intense as the storms that struck north India on May 4, resulting in more than 100 deaths from Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.

In the wake of the death of nearly 75 people in Uttar Pradesh, the Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had blamed the weather department for not giving sufficient notice of the storms.