Storm hits Delhi (Tue, 08 May 2018 12:14 IST)

  • A high-velocity dust storm, with a wind speed of 70 km per hour, hit the national capital on Monday night followed by a squall.
  • The dust storm swept through Delhi around 11.15 PM, an official at the Safdarjung observatory said.
  • The MeT department had forecasted rains and gusty winds for Tuesday as well.
  • The Delhi government had ordered all city schools in the afternoon shift to remain closed.
  • The Delhi government had decided to close all evening schools on Tuesday following warning of heavy rains and thunderstorm.
  • The government had also asked other schools to not hold outdoor activities and extracurricular activities between 3 pm to 7 pm.
  • The Delhi Metro, too, had decided to exercise extreme caution in running of trains in the wake of the warning.
  • The advisory said that commuters should "keep themselves updated about weather conditions and plan their journey accordingly".
  • At least 124 people were killed and more than 300 others injured in five states due to dust storms, thunderstorms and lightning last week.

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