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Thunderstorm warning: Delhi police issues traffic advisory, starts emergency helpline

09 May 2018

On Monday night a dust storm swept Delhi affecting the flight operations at Indira Gandhi International Airport.

The Delhi Government has declared that all evening schools (second shift which starts from the afternoon) will remain closed on Tuesday following weather warning.

Following a warning from the meteorological department about heavy rain and thunderstorm in the national capital, the Delhi government has put search and rescue teams on standby and the traffic police have alerted their field formations to be ready for removal of obstacles.

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Delhi adjoining states Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan that witnessed gusty winds and squalls affected the visibility in the area, power cut and damage of properties.

It was a far cry from the warning of squalls and thunderstorms in 13 states that IMD issued over the weekend, prompting schools in several states to remain closed on May 6 and 7. Even today some parts might receive rainfall and hailstorm.

Western disturbances over Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh are causing the thunder-activity along with several other factors, Mohapatra said, adding these weather conditions are likely to continue at least until Tuesday.

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In the list of "dos and don'ts", the government has advised citizens to try to stay indoors and staff off verandas and keep a watch on local weather updates and warnings. It had also adviced people to unplug unnecessary electrical appliances. The Delhi traffic police have urged people to take precautions while commuting and the Delhi Metro said it was on alert for heavy rain and thunderstorms. Schools in Haridwar, Ghaziabad and Meerut are to remain shut today. The national capital New Delhi woke up with a cloudy morning and has predictions of rain.

The Delhi Metro has also chose to exercise extreme caution in running trains.

Avoid travelling during the storm. An unidentified metro official said trains would run at 40 kilometres per hour on elevated stations if the wind speed was under 90 kilometres per hour.

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Thunderstorm warning: Delhi police issues traffic advisory, starts emergency helpline