11 perish as monsoon swamps north, central regions

In Himachal Pradesh, due to heavy release of water from the Pong Dam reservoir more than 25 villages of Nurpur were affected.

New Delhi: A reinvigorated monsoon on Tuesday, swamped large parts of north and central India killing 11 people, while a sudden downpour in Delhi gave volunteers a tough time draining out water from fasting Anna Hazare`s dais at Ramlila Maidan.

Five people perished in Uttarakhand and three each in Uttar Pradesh and Chhattisgarh as mercury hovered close to normal levels at many places in the region.

The national capital`s maximum temperature settled at 34.5 deg C, a notch above the normal, while the minimum was recorded at 26.1 deg C, usual for this time of the year, the
India Meteorological Department said.

The city received a rainfall of 5.7 mm in the last nine hours, while the humidity settled at an uncomfortable high of 93 per cent.

Taken aback at the sudden shower, volunteers of `India Against Corruption` used buckets and other means to drain water out from Hazare`s dais.

Three children drowned as flood situation remained grim in Uttar Pradesh with major rivers overflowing at a number of places in the state.

Three boys, aged between 12 and 15 years, drowned in Jalalabad area in Shahjahanpur district, officials said.

River Ganga was flowing above the red mark at Fatehgarh, Ballia and Gumtia (Kannauj), while Ramganga and Yamuna had crossed the red mark at Dabri in Shahjahanpur and Mathura respectively.

Ghaghara, which had flooded a number of villages in Gonda and Barabanki districts, was flowing above the danger level at Elgin Bridge, Ayodhya and Turtipar in Ballia.

In Uttarakhand, five labourers were killed when the building in, which they were sleeping collapsed during a cloudburst in a village here, police said.

Three more people died and as many were injured when lightning struck Chhatisgarh`s Gariaband area, officials added.

Meanwhile, light to moderate rainfall lashed few places in Haryana and Punjab with mercuring hovering close to normal levels, the MeT office said here.

The pilgrimage to Gangotri shrine remained suspended for the third consecutive day in Uttarakhand as the landslide-hit national highway was yet to be cleared completely, officials

In Himachal Pradesh, due to heavy release of water from the Pong Dam reservoir more than 25 villages of Nurpur and Jwali Sub-Divisions in Kangra were affected.

At least 10 villages had been turned into "islands", Deputy Commissioner (Kangra) R S Gupta said.

The weather in Rajasthan remained dry barring a few areas, which received light rains.


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