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Over 100 Animals Dead due to Dust storms:Thunderstorm May Hit 12 States Today, Says NDMA

Dust storms, rain and thunder hit parts of northern India yesterday, leaving at least 100 animals dead in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district, uprooting trees and blowing the roofs off homes in Himachal Pradesh’s Shimla, but striking with less fury in other places.

Normal life was disrupted in parts of Punjab, Haryana and Delhi with the India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicting more bad weather today.The weather agency issued a warning of thunderstorm and squall, with strong wind of speed up to 70 kmph, in Uttarakhand and parts of eastern India on Wednesday.

Strong Winds, Thunderstorm May Hit 12 States Today

The National Disaster Management Authority(NDMA) said thunderstorm and squall are likely to hit 12 states on Wednesday.

The National Capital Region, and Hisar, Kaithal, Jind, Kurukshetra, Karnal in Haryana are likely to be hit again by the unusual weather on Wednesday

The weather agency has also issued warnings of thunderstorm in south-interior Karnataka, north-coastal Andhra Pradesh, Rayalaseema region of the state, Tamilnadu and Kerala.

The Met department today also warned that thunderstorms and squalls with a wind speed of up to 70 kmph are “very likely” in Uttarakhand and parts of eastern India tomorrow, signalling that the freak weather phenomenon over northern India has moved eastward.

In an advisory, the department said thunderstorms with gusty winds are “very likely” in parts of Himachal Pradesh, east Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand.

It said a similar weather pattern is likely to be witnessed in West Bengal, and in six of the seven northeastern states, except Mizoram.

Over 100 Animals Dead In Jammu And Kashmir

Rajouri District Development Commissioner Shahid Iqbal Choudhary said there was no immediate report of loss of human life but over 110 small animals, mostly sheep and goats, perished.

Mr Choudhary, who is supervising the rescue operation, said 10 families of nomadic Bakerwal community, all residents of Androoth village who were on move to higher reaches, were trapped in the hailstorm and suffered the losses of their livestock.

An immediate amount of Rs. 3 lakh was sanctioned for assistance to affected families, he said. A massive rescue operation was going on,” he said, adding hundreds of vehicles were stranded on the road due to accumulation of debris.

North Indian Parts affected by bad weather

Himachal Pradesh:A severe storm, accompanied by hail and rain, hit Shimla and other parts of Himachal Pradesh, while the higher reaches of the state experienced snowfall.

Rajasthan:a dust storm hit places in Jodhpur and Bikaner divisions and isolated areas in Jaipur, Ajmer and Kota regions.

Strong winds hit Ajmer, Jaipur, Sikar and nearby areas in the morning leaving trees uprooted and sign boards damaged.

Delhi:Parts of Delhi witnessed a dust storm coupled with a drizzle in the evening.

Punjab and Haryana:Light to moderate rains lashed parts of Punjab and Haryana like Chandigarh,Ambala, Panchkula, Mohali and Patiala

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