More thunderstorms, squalls likely, says Met office; death toll from Sunday’s storm crosses 57

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The western disturbance that is bringing moisture from Eurasian water bodies and north and northwest India will continue to affect the weather in this region till Tuesday.

Storms and squalls are expected to continue in the north and northwest regions on Monday with a wind speed of up to 70 kilometres per hour, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), after more than 57 people were killed in dust and thunderstorms that swept several parts of the country on Sunday.

The western disturbance that is bringing moisture from Eurasian water bodies and north and northwest India, including the hilly states of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal and Uttarakhand, and in the plains of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, will continue to affect the weather in this region on Tuesday.

Some parts of the hilly northern states can expect hail and isolated areas of Rajasthan could witness dust storms on Monday and Tuesday.

Residents of Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh can expect relief from strong, widespread thunderstorms by Wednesday but weaker thunderstorms, scattered rain and gusty winds may occur in some areas for the rest of the week.

In the south, Telangana, Rayalaseema, interior areas of south Karnataka and Tamil Nadu and Puducherry are likely to see thunderstorm activity on Monday. On Tuesday the thunderstorm activity will be restricted to Odisha and south interior Karnataka.

On Sunday, more than 57 people were killed and many injured as severe storms accompanied by heavy rain, lightning and gusty winds swept through large swathes of the country. The deaths were reported in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh.

Two people were killed as a powerful dust storm and rain lashed Delhi, where flight services and road traffic were disrupted. Twenty-one people, including a tourist from Maharashtra, died and 28 were injured due to inclement weather conditions, according to reports.

In West Bengal, 12 deaths, including that of four children, were reported from different districts of the state.

News agency PTI reported that nine people died due to lightning and three were injured in Srikakulam and Kadapa districts of Andhra Pradesh. Officials said seven people were killed in Srikakulam district alone.

The met department had warned of the storms last week.

On May 2, powerful thunderstorms and dust storms caused over 140 deaths mostly concentrated in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, which was blamed on a confluence of factors: Easterly winds, unusually high temperatures and the effect of a western disturbance.