Schools in Panchkula, all parts of Haryana to be shut on Monday, Tuesday due to weather alert

The Hush Post:   After the Met department issued another storm warning for north India for the next two days, Haryana education minister Ram Bilas Sharma on Sunday evening announced that all schools in the state will remain closed on Monday and Tuesday.

In view of the loss of life and property that took place as a result of the previous thunderstorm on May 2, claiming at least 129 lives, the Panchkula administration advised city residents to take steps to save themselves from strong winds and rain. Farmers have also been asked to make necessary arrangements to keep their harvested crops safe and covered. The high alert was issued by the Haryana Meteorological department. Panchkula Deputy Commissioner (DC) Mukul Kumar said, “Haryana weather department has issued a high alert for two days and they will give the exact updates of three hours in advance before any major alert and we will keep on informing about the weather and their alerts. Citizens don’t need to get afraid. Disaster management team has also given instructions to get ready.”

Thunderstorm with wind speeds exceeding 50kmph is “very likely” over Punjab and Haryana, apart from Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand on Monday, while squalls and hailstorms could occur in the two states on Tuesday.

For Delhi-NCR, the department has forecast very light rain accompanied with strong gusty winds on Monday morning and another spell of light rain or thundershowers accompanied with squall is expected on Tuesday.

Met officials said the current spell of storms is not expected to be as intense as the ones last week. A passing western disturbances (WD) over northeast Rajasthan and neighborhood is what is causing thunderstorms and bringing rain in the plains of north India.

The WD will continue to affect the region till Wednesday, it said, with peak rainfall activity expected on Tuesday.


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