The Haryana government has announced that all schools will remain shut on Monday and Tuesday after the India Meteorological Department warned that there would be thunderstorms accompanied with squalls at some places in the state.
The Haryana Revenue and Disaster Management Department has issued an advisory telling people there is no need to panic, and that they should take care of children and the elderly, PTI reported.
The IMD on Sunday predicted thunderstorms at isolated places in Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi for three days. Parts of West Bengal, Odisha, the North East, Tamil Nadu and Kerala will also have thunderstorms and gusty winds.
Dust storms are likely in parts of Rajasthan on Tuesday and Wednesday. Rainfall is expected in parts of Himachal Pradesh till Tuesday, while light rain and thunder showers are likely to increase in intensity in Punjab from Monday.
On Friday too, the IMD had forecast thunderstorms, squalls and heavy winds in several states for three to four days.
More than 115 people died and dozens were injured in squalls and sandstorms in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday evening. At least 10 died in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh following heavy rain on Thursday. Many people were also injured in these states, as well as in Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana.
The Vidarbha region of Maharashtra may, however, experience heat wave conditions, according to the IMD.