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Unseasonal rain, dust storm hit Rajasthan, Gujarat & Madhya Pradesh; Skymet says worst is over

Updated : April 17, 2019 05:07 PM IST

The private forecaster Skymet on Wednesday said worst is over for Rajasthan, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh after these states were hit by unseasonal rains, dust storm and lightning, leaving 35 people dead and many others injured.

In an interview to CNBC-TV18, GP Sharma, president of meteorology and climate change, said, "The active spell of weather is affecting western as well as the northern parts of the country, precisely the parts of Punjab, Haryana extending to Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, now even up to Gujarat the weather activity has been noticed. It was quite intense also in pockets particularly in southern parts of Rajasthan, western parts of Madhya Pradesh and parts of Gujarat. Yesterday, in the afternoon and evening, there was severe dust storm activity accompanied by winds as well as some lightning strikes, which has resulted in some loss of life also."

He said, "The activity centre has since moved to west Uttar Pradesh. Then it will travel to the east of Uttar Pradesh. Northern parts of the country will find clearance in the later part of the day or tomorrow, in any case, it gets clear from the northern parts. In the next week, I don’t see any significant activity happening for Rajasthan, Gujarat and adjoining regions."
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