13 states on storm alert in India
Thunderstorms followed by dust storms and heavy rain are expected to hit at least 13 states and two Union Territories on Monday. Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh are very likely to get thunderstorms with squall and hail in isolated areas, while Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi and western Uttar Pradesh are likely to see thunderstorms and gusty winds. All departments have been directed to stay alert and prepare emergency kits with essential items for safety and survival. At least 124 people were killed and 300 injured last week in five states due to the dust storms, thunderstorms and lightning.