Heavy rains trigger landslides in north, Konkan region

Last Updated: Thursday, July 29, 2010 - 21:57

New Delhi: A fresh spell of monsoon rains
hit Konkan region in the western coast and parts of north
India triggering landslides and flash floods while seven
people perished in heavy showers in Uttar Pradesh.

Incessant rains continued to lash Uttar Pradesh where
four people lost their lives in rain-related incidents in
Rampur while three deaths were reported from temple town
Varanasi.

With the fresh casualties, the death toll this season has
risen to 73 in the state where major rivers are in spate.
Among other places, Sitapur recorded a rainfall of 13.6 mm.

A fresh spell of monsoon rains hit parts of Konkan region
as mudslides, especially in worst-affected Ratnagiri district,
caused damages to rail tracks, disrupting rail services.

In the northern region, torrential rains triggered
landslides in north Kashmir and Uttarakhand.

Several houses were collapsed in flash floods that
damaged five bridges in Bandipora and Baramulla districts of
north Kashmir. A pillar of Goshi Bridge got washed away in the
floods as a truck fell into the canal. However, both its
occupants were rescued.

In Uttarakhand, landslides triggered by heavy rains
blocked vehicular traffic on Rishikesh-Gangotri and
Rishikesh-Badrinath highways, leaving hundreds of pilgrims
stranded. Nine people were injured after being hit by boulders
following rains at Chami area of Uttarkashi district.

Many parts of Himachal Pradesh too received moderate to
heavy rainfall with Mandi recording 55 mm of rains, followed
by Bhoranj 25 mm, Baijnath 21 mm, Sundernagar 19.7 mm,
Baldwara 11 mm and Seobagh 10.8 mm.

State capital Shimla recorded a high of 23.9 deg C
against 25.2 deg C yesterday. Una remained hottest in the
region at 35 degrees.

Meanwhile, mercury showed a rising trend in the national
capital despite showers during the day. The maximum settled at
one degree above normal at 35.5 deg C as against 35 degrees
the previous day. The minimum stood at 27.6 deg C, a notch
above normal.

The city received 13.2 mm of rains during the day.
However, the maximum humidity levels touched 91 per cent,
making it uncomfortable for the citizens.

In the Punjab and Haryana region, the temperatures rose
slightly and settled a few notches above the normal. Hisar was
the hottest at 37 degrees, three notches above normal, while
the high in Ambala settled at 36.2 deg C, two degrees above
normal.

Elsewhere in the region, Chandigarh recorded a maximum of
35.6 deg C, Ludhiana 34.7 deg C, Amritsar 34.4 deg C and
Patiala 33.9 deg C.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, July 29, 2010 - 21:57

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