New Delhi: The Meteorological Department has issued a warning of another dust storm in parts of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan in the next 36 hours. The MeT office said Satellite images have shown wind pressure developing in two states.
It said thunderstorms, gusty winds and heavy rain in several districts of eastern, western and Terai regions of UP may occur. In Rajasthan also high-intensity winds and dust storm may occur in eastern and western parts. The weather office has forecast that thunderstorm accompanied with squall is also likely at isolated places over West Bengal, Sikkim, and Odisha. Hilly states like Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand as well Delhi are expected to witness thunderstorm in the coming two to three days.
Director General, Indian Meteorological Department, K J Ramesh told All India Radio that Coastal Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, West Bengal, Kerala and South Karnataka are also likely to witness thunderstorm today and in coming days. The fresh warning comes even as the two north Indian states are still recovering from the impact of Wednesday's severe dust storm, which took lives of over 100 people and left a trail of destruction.
The UP government has asked the officials for taking precautions as per alert issued by the Met department. According to AIR reports, 74 people from in 22 districts have died and 83 injured in the Wednesday's storm. Maximum damage was done in Agra where 45 people were killed and 51 injured. Standing crops in thousands of hectares of land have also been destroyed.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed his ministers to visit the affected districts to monitor the relief and rescue operations and provide financial and medical relief to the affected families. Rs 4 lakh to families of each deceased and Rs 2 lakh to the injured who have received serious injuries and Rs 60,000 to those who sustained 50 percent injuries have been announced.
The government has also asked the officials of the affected district to submit the reports of losses by this evening. The Government has also written to the Centre seeking the monitory help of above 153 crore rupees from National Disaster Relief Fund. In Rajasthan, the death toll has risen to 39 in the Wednesday's storm-related incidents. More than 200 have been injured. In Telangana, at least 6 persons were killed as heavy rain accompanied by a thunderstorm and strong winds lashed several parts across the state.
The untimely rains which struck several parts of the state last evening also caused traffic snarls, uprooting of trees and electricity supply failures in Hyderabad and other parts of the state. The authorities have set up two special control rooms in Hyderabad and Warangal to receive complaints relating to electricity supply following yesterday’s rain havoc.