IMD forecasts thunderstorms, squalls in several parts of India till Friday

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An 18-year-old from Gokal Puri area, identified as Sohail, was killed after one of the walls of his house collapsed on him, reported news agency PTI.

A massive dust storm hit Delhi in the early hours on Wednesday, 16 May, as per a DNA report. Trees were uprooted from their spots and the police stations got at least 78 calls from people asking for help, because the storm was quite unexpected for everyone, and no clear warning had been given to people so they could practice caution. As many as 80 people were killed in five states due to thunderstorms and lightning strikes since May 13, with the northern state of Uttar Pradesh alone recording 51 deaths, the Home Ministry said on Monday.

On Tuesday evening, the India Meteorological Department had issued a fresh warning for heavy rains and thunderstorm to hit the region in the later part of the evening.

The same predictions have been made for May 17 at isolated places over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh. Also, east India will also continue to see scattered thunderstorm activity on Wednesday.

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The high-velocity storm with wind speed touching 74 km per hour uprooted trees and disrupted electricity.

Earlier on April 14, a huge dust storm accompanied with gusty winds and squall wreaked havoc in the national capital Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.

As per IMD, thunderstorms also occurred at isolated places in Uttrakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Assam, Maharashtra, Meghalaya, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka on May 13.

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