North, Northwest will see more thunderstorms till Friday

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This follows a dust storm that hit Delhi-NCR area in the early hours of Wednesday, killing one, injuring over a dozen and felling at least 59 trees. The police received almost 60 calls related to uprooted trees, fallen electricity polls and wall collapses across the region. Also, they already predicated that Delhi is going to see another dust storm and thundershowers today. However, there were no immediate reports of casualties.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a thunderstorm alert after a massive dust storm hit Delhi-National Capital Region (NCR) early Wednesday morning.

Experts have opined that the freak weather phenomenon is due to a western disturbance that originates in the Mediterranean Sea and brings rainfall to northwestern India. However, what is unusual is its occurrence in April-May, several senior IMD scientists were reported as saying.

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The latest devastation comes almost two weeks after dust and thunderstorm claimed 134 lives injured 400 people in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Telangana, Uttarakhand, and Punjab on May 2.

The Met office said parts of Rajasthan could also experience dust storms and isolated areas of West Bengal, Bihar, Chhattisgarh and most of north east India can also expect thunderstorms and strong winds. It also warned of thunderstorms in Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand over the next two days. Uttar Pradesh saw a death toll of 18 people while 12 people died in West Bengal and two in Delhi, officials said. This includes Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, coastal Andhra Pradesh, interior Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Lakshadweep.

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