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Ports in Gujarat on alert after Met department issues cyclone warning, dust storm hits Delhi

The India Meteorological Department also warned that thunderstorms and squalls were ‘very likely’ to hit parts of eastern Uttar Pradesh on Friday.

Ports in Gujarat have been put on alert after the India Meteorological Department issued a cyclone warning on Thursday. The cyclone, named Sagar, has appeared in the Gulf of Aden off Yemen and is expected to intensify because of a deep depression in the region. The agency asked fisherpeople not to venture into the Gulf of Aden and adjoining areas in the Arabian Sea in the next two days.

The Met department also warned that thunderstorms and squalls were “very likely” to hit parts of eastern Uttar Pradesh on Friday. The districts of Siddharthnagar, Kushinagar and Maharajganj may be affected, PTI reported. On Wednesday, the department had warned that the North and North West regions of the country could face thunderstorms and squalls till Friday.

Meanwhile, a dust storm lashed parts of New Delhi and the National Capital Region on Thursday. The weather department has forecast a spell of rain accompanied by gusty winds measuring 50 kmph to 70 kmph to hit the region by Thursday night.

Rains accompanied by strong winds swept across Hyderabad, uprooting over 160 trees, reported PTI. There were complaints of water stagnation in 38 localities in the city. “All the complaints are being addressed on a war-footing,” mentioned a statement released by Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation.

An 18-year-old man was killed in Delhi on Wednesday after a powerful dust storm hit the city early in the morning. At least 13 people were injured in the city and its surrounding areas.

On Sunday, at least 80 people died in dust storms and thunderstorms in parts of Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh and New Delhi. High-velocity winds had uprooted trees in New Delhi and some other parts of North India. Rail, road and air traffic were also severely affected. In the national Capital, at least 40 flights were diverted and 24 delayed.

Earlier this month, more than 100 people died and dozens were injured in squalls and sandstorms in parts of Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.

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