Home Ministry issues heavy rain alert for North India

Thunderstorms, accompanied by squall, hail and heavy rain are likely to occur in at least 13 states and two Union Territories across the country on Monday, the Home Ministry said on Sunday.

”Thunderstorm with gusty winds are very likely at isolated places over Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi and Western Uttar Pradesh,” said a Home Ministry official, while quoting an advisory by the India Meteorological Department.

Heavy rain is also likely at isolated places over Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura, while dust storm and thunderstorm are likely at isolated places in West Rajasthan, he added.

At least 124 people were killed and more than 300 others were injured in five states due to dust storms, thunderstorms and lightning last week, the official said.

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