India is facing the storm, and Indian authorities have warned the people against the isolated thunderstorms and high winds after dangerous weather.
According to local officials since Wednesday, the powerful dust storm created fierce winds and lightning strikes which led to deaths of the number of people in states of Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, and Uttarakhand and injured hundred more citizens.
High winds, dust storms, and isolated thunderstorms were forecast for the affected areas in the next five days, said the Indian Meteorological Department.
The warning of yellow-category had been issued to the state for next five days where yellow means “be aware,” said, Hemant Gera, an official with the Rajasthan disaster management and relief department. If the warning is red or orange, then residents need to take action to protect themselves against thunderstorms and high winds.
“Today and tomorrow in some parts of western Uttar Pradesh, we are expecting thunderstorms … the authorities have been told to be on alert (for greater) loss of life so that they can respond,” Uttar Pradesh relief commissioner Sanjay Kumar told CNN affiliate News 18.
He added, “From the state level we are monitoring, and we are trying to get satellite imagery data also to alert and disseminate information to the villages.” He continues, “I think this is one of the most disastrous [storms] in recent times, as far as Uttar Pradesh is concerned.”
Most of Uttar Pradesh will be “clear of any dust storms,” said, JP Gupta, who is a director at India Meteorological Department Lucknow.
Gupta said, “What happened on May 2, that’s not expected for now at least for the next three, four days.” Gupta explained the last storm as a convergence of unique factors, which include active easterly winds from the Bay of Bengal interacting with an area of low pressure.