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Schools in Haryana remain close after thunderstorm alert

Haryana: Schools in Haryana will remain closed today and tomorrow after a thunderstorm alert was issued in 13 states. The Union Home Ministry warned of thunderstorms along with heavy rains, strong winds and hail in the north and eastern part of the country. The home ministry alert comes after 124 people died and over 300 were injured in thunderstorms and lightning that hit five states last week.

Six northeastern states, parts of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Sikkim, Odisha, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Karnataka and Kerala are likely to get thunderstorm and rain today, according to the weather office advisory.

Chandigarh and surrounding areas got early morning showers today. Parts of Delhi, Haryana and Chandigarh are likely to get thunderstorm and squall today.

Northeastern states Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura could see thunderstorm with gusty wind and heavy rain in isolated pockets.

Haryana Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma said that the state government has asked all government and private schools to declare a holiday on May 7. The government has put out safety tips to be adopted in case of thunderstorms, dust storms and squall.

This article was first published on http://www.wakeuppost.com.

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