Published: Tue, May 08, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Storm Alert: Schools in Haryana to remain shut for two days

Storm Alert: Schools in Haryana to remain shut for two days

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.

Thunderstorm accompanied with squall (wind speed reaching 50-70 kmph) is very likely at isolated places over Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi, west Uttar Pradesh and sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim.

Considering the warning note of the India Meteorological Department's (IMD's), the Haryana government on Sunday announced closure of all schools on Monday and Tuesday.

After May 7 and 8 warning, the Haryana government had ordered the closing of all private as well as government schools for two days in the wake of Met department's warnings.

The warning has been sent out across India under the circumstance of about 124 people losing their lives in the heavy rain and thunderstorm in five north Indian states the other day.

Farmers were asked to keep their crops well covered to save them from a thunderstorm.

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Hailstorm is also likely at isolated places over Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand during the same period.

According to the bulletin issued by MeT, heavy rain is likely to hit states including Kerala till May 10.

The government also issued a list of "dos and don'ts", and chose to put search and rescue teams on standby. The decision to shut schools in the afternoon session was taken in the evening at an emergency meeting chaired by Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash, a senior official attending the meeting told IANS.

The advisory also said that traffic police personnel on the field have been asked to remove fallen trees, soft structures, ensure smooth flow of traffic.

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), which operates trains in the national capital and NCR, said it would exercise extreme caution in running of trains.

The advisory also asked citizens to avoid taking a bath or shower or leave water running for any objective.

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