Thunderstorm alert LIVE UPDATES: Several parts of north India are likely to witness thunderstorm, accompanied by gusty winds and moderate squall on Tuesday. Wind speed is expected to vary between 50 and 70 km per hour, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD). IMD issued an alert on Monday saying “under the influence of a western disturbance, a cyclonic circulation over Haryana and a west-east tough from northwest Rajasthan to central Madhya Pradesh in lower levels” will bring light to moderate rainfall in north India. The prediction comes a week after a deadly thunderstorm killed at least 124 people and injured more than 300 in Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. In the next 48 hours, parts of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi and western Uttar Pradesh are expected to witness heavy to moderate rainfall. The wind speed of 50-70 kilometers per hour has been predicted. Also READ | North India could witness thunderstorm, gusty wind | Also Read | Thunderstorm alert: What Delhi should know and prepare for
Days after dust storms whipped through parts of Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, killing over a hundred people, a blame game has started between the Centre and the India Meteorological Department (IMD) over alleged lapses in the weather warning agency’s early warning mechanism. While the Centre has asked IMD to explain why its forecasting mechanisms failed to prevent the deaths, the meteorological agency maintained it had called up chief secretaries of the two BJP-ruled states, but they had “failed to disseminate the information.” The IMD also said that its role was to forecast and issue alerts, while it was up to the state authorities to take it to the “last mile” and alert people.