Dust storms hit Rajasthan, UP: Over 100 dead, at least 200 injured
Jaipur/Rajasthan: After dust storms and lightning, more than 100 people were dead and at least 200 were injured caused misery and panic in northern states of Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh since two days.
Unfortunately, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecasts that in the next 48 hours, both the states are likely to witness another gust of dust storm and thundershowers. Dust storms would continue across West Rajasthan and Maharashtra’s Vidarbha in the coming week also.
Eventually, other parts of the country will also experience rains accompanied with thundershowers and squalls, stated IMD.
In Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, another 10 people were killed after heavy rains lashed on Thursday, according to officials.
Heat wave conditions were observed in Rajasthan with the maximum temperature reaching above 44°C at most places in West Rajasthan. “The highest maximum temperature of 47.0°C was recorded at Phalodi (West Rajasthan) on 1st May 2018 in the plains of the country during the week,” said the Met Department.
Thunderstorms accompanied with squall was reported from several eastern and north-eastern states, apart from Rajasthan and UP.
Moisture incursion from the Bay of Bengal and from North India also led to the formation of storm clouds and widespread thundershowers across East India, Gangetic plains, southern India and Central India.
Widespread rains with thunderstorms and squalls are likely to occur across Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, during the next two weeks. Isolated to scattered rainfall with isolated thunderstorm/duststorm is also likely Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh & Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan during many days of the 1st week,” as stated by the Met department.
During next week, temperatures will soar above 40°C across plains in northwest India and Central and adjoining east and south Peninsular India. Temperatures are likely to rise more in the following weeks. Heavy rain and thunderstorms would continue in the districts in the coastal Andhra Pradesh.