New Delhi: A powerful dust storm accompanied with rain and squall hit Delhi-NCR early Wednesday morning. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued thunderstorm alert and strong winds across multiple parts of the country for the next four days. According to the alert, the north-east region, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh can experience heavy rainfall in the 72 hours. A dust storm is also very likely at isolated places across Rajasthan. The IMD also predicts high-velocity winds in coastal Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Pudducherry and Kerala.
Hilly areas have been on alert
The IMD has issued an alert for Uttarakhand, Jammu Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh, and there may be heavy rainfall with snowflakes in these states. Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, Vidarbha, Chattisgarh, Bihar, and Telangana have been alerted against dust storms.
Several people killed
The dust storms and lightning had killed more than 200 people in the past few days. The thunderstorm has already reported of killing 75 in Uttar Pradesh alone. Transport and communication links were worse affected.
NDRF is on alert
The National Disaster Relief Force has been alerted for the approaching storm. people living in the coastal areas have also been asked to be alert from high tides.