Over 124 people were killed in Wednesday night’s dust storm, most of them in UP and Rajasthan. The respective state governments have announced an ex gratia.
PM Modi expressed his condolences for the loss of lives and property and directed that all possible assistance be provided to authorities on the ground.
Meanwhile, at least 10 were killed in various rain-related incidents in Telangana & Andhra Pradesh due to heavy rains.
There is little chance of respite with the Indian meteorological department issuing all India weather alert for Thunderstorm today.
IMD has warned that thunderstorms with squall is very likely at isolated places over Assam and Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura and West Bengal.
Thunderstorm accompanied with gusty winds is very likely at isolated places over Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Chandigarh & Delhi, Punjab, Bihar, Jharkhand, Sikkim, Odisha, northwest Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, coastal Andhra Pradesh, Interior Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
Tamil Nadu and Kerala may experience heavy rains and a Dust storm is again very likely at isolated places over Rajasthan.
For Saturday also thunderstorm accompanied with squall is very likely at isolated places over Uttarakhand, parts of North East.
Sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim. Thunderstorm accompanied with gusty winds very likely at isolated places over Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Gangetic West Bengal.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will reach Agra tonight and visit the areas affected by rain & dust storms. He will review the relief and restoration works tomorrow morning. The Chief Minister will then leave for Kanpur to monitor the restoration work there.
Following large number of deaths due to dust storm and heavy rainfall, National Disaster Management Authority held a meeting with central ministries and department on preparation of their Disaster Management Plans today.