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Dust storm LIVE UPDATES: Another likely in 48 hours; Home Ministry issues warning for West Bengal, Odisha, Bihar and UP

Dust storm LIVE UPDATES: Weather analysts said there is a fair amount of moisture incursion from the Bay of Bengal and from North India, which will lead to formation of storm clouds and widespread thundershowers across East India, Gangetic plains, southern India and Central India.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 4, 2018 4:44:01 pm
LIVE UPDATES: At least 72 people killed in deadly dust storm; UP, Rajasthan badly affected Dust storm LIVE UPDATES: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed the officers to personally monitor the relief work and provide medical aid to the affected people.

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted another episode of dust storm and thundershowers in the next 48 hours due to cyclonic circulation formation in the region. On Wednesday and Thursday, more than 100 people were killed and at least 205 injured in the deadly dust storm that pummeled several parts of western and northern India.

Meanwhile, Delhi witnessed light showers today early morning bringing the temperatures down in the national capital region. Also Read See photos |  | Rajasthan: 27 killed, nearly 100 injured as dust storm, thunder showers wreak havoc

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Another dust storm likely in UP, Rajasthan. Follow LIVE updates below

16:43 (IST)04 May 2018
CM Yogi Adityanath rushes back to UP

CM Yogi Adityanath rushing back to UP to visit storm-hit Agra, cutting short Karnataka poll campaign: Official (PTI)

(Source: Twitter)

16:25 (IST)04 May 2018
Home Ministry issues warning 4 states

Fresh warning issued for possible thunderstorms in West Bengal, Odisha, Bihar and UP today: Home Ministry (PTI)

16:22 (IST)04 May 2018
At least 124 people killed in two days due to dust storm: Home Ministry

Thunderstorm, lightning killed at least 124 people in five states in two days, said the Home ministry in a statement. (PTI)

14:13 (IST)04 May 2018
Thunderstorm, gusty winds 'very likely' in North Eastern India, West Bengal, Odisha and Kerala
14:05 (IST)04 May 2018
Duststorms very likely in Western Rajasthan

National Disaster Management Authority has forecasted thunderstorms/sandstorms in Western parts of Rajasthan on Friday. 

10:56 (IST)04 May 2018
Maximum deaths due to lightning

Most of the deaths that occurrred on Thursday were due to lightning strikes  Lightning is the biggest killer in India among natural calamities. In 2014 and 2015, it killed 2,582 and 2,641, show National Crime Records Bureau data.

10:22 (IST)04 May 2018
Forecasts for thunderstorm across northern India, dust storms in western Rajasthan

"Thunderstorm accompanied with squall very likely at isolated places over Uttarakhand, West Bengal & Sikkim and Odisha. Thunderstorm accompanied with gusty winds very likely at isolated places over Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, East Rajasthan, Vidarbha, Chhattisgarh, Telangana, north coastal Andhra Pradesh, south Interior Karnataka, Interior Tamil nadu and Kerala," read the IMD forecast. 

21:03 (IST)03 May 2018
People clear blocked road during the massive storm at Kheria Mod near Agra on Thursday

20:50 (IST)03 May 2018
20:33 (IST)03 May 2018
Days before dust storm, IMD issued warning, but not for UP, Rajasthan

The IMD had earlier issued a "severe thunderstorm activity" warning for several places, but none were for Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. Specific warnings were issued for May 2 and 3 for Gangetic West Bengal and Odisha along with other places in eastern and northeastern India as per the advisory issued on April 30. On April 30, the IMD issued a detailed advisory that a cyclonic circulation lay over east Bihar, West Bengal and Jharkhand and a "trough run from this cyclonic circulation to Manipur across Meghalaya in lower levels".

20:28 (IST)03 May 2018
Agra worst hit in UP, in Rajasthan it was Bharatpur district

In UP, Agra district was the worst hit, accounting for at least 43 deaths and injuries to 51 others, officials said. In Rajasthan, Bharatpur district was the worst affected with 19 killed. Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed sorrow over the deaths and directed officials to coordinate with states to ensure speedy relief and rehabilitation. 'Saddened by the loss of lives due to dust storms in various parts of India. Condolences to the bereaved families. May the injured recover soon,' the Prime Minister's Office tweeted quoting Modi.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath was in poll-bound Karnataka today, campaigning with Modi. He directed officials to personally monitor relief operations, warning against any laxity. Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje expressed grief over the calamity and said district authorities have been directed to ensure all possible help to victims. Rajasthan government said contingency funds have been released to district administrations.

18:42 (IST)03 May 2018

People salvage their damaged house which collapsed in the Wednesday night's massive storm near Agra on Thursday 

18:38 (IST)03 May 2018

Meanwhile, see pictures of other states hit by the thunderstorm

17:08 (IST)03 May 2018
Another storm expected in next 48 hours

According to IMD, another dust storm may hit parts of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan in the next 48 hours due to cyclonic circulation formation in the region.

"There is a high probability that winds will intensify in the next 48 hours in Rajasthan, which may lead to another dust storm. It will affect areas of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan border, especially Karauli and Dholpur," Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) scientist Himanshu Sharma was quoted by PTI.

Satellite images have shown wind pressure developing in parts of Rajasthan, which may lead to high-intensity winds and dust storm.

16:51 (IST)03 May 2018
Compensation of 4 lakh announced to kin of those died in Rajasthan

In Rajasthan, a total 35 people have been dead so far including 17 people in Bharatpur, 9 in Dholpur, 9 in Alwar. Nearly 205 people injured. Rajasthan minister Gulab Chand Kataria has announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakh each to next of kin of those who died due to the severe dust storm. 

16:03 (IST)03 May 2018
CM Yogi Adityanath directs officers concerned to monitor relief operations


Taking note of the havoc caused by the dust storm, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed officers concerned to personally monitor relief operations and provide all necessary medical facilities to the affected. He also said that no laxity will be tolerated in providing succour to the needy.

"Chief Secretary Rajive Kumar has spoken to Commissioner Agra division and directed that relief be distributed by the evening and senior officers visit the injured in hospitals," Principal Secretary, Information, Avanish Awasthi said.

14:58 (IST)03 May 2018

As per the latest figures, the death toll in Uttar Pradesh has reached 64 and 47 injured in the dust storm in different parts of the state.  At least 160 animals have also died due to the calamity.  The other affected districts include Bijnor, Bareli, Saharanpur, Pilibhit, Firozabad, Chitrakoot, Muzaffarnagar, Mathura, Kanpur, Sitapur, Mirzapur, Sambhal, Banda, Kannauj, Rae Bareli and Unnao.

14:29 (IST)03 May 2018
14:11 (IST)03 May 2018

Weather warning and forecast till May 5 have been issued in Uttar Pradesh. Gusty winds are very likely in several districts.

13:48 (IST)03 May 2018

Light rainfall occurred in many places over Chhattisgarh, few places over Vidarbha and isolated places in West Madhya Pradesh.

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According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Rajasthan and UP may witness another episode of dust storm and thundershowers.

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