New Delhi: Mercury recorded a sharp fall
across North India on Tuesday following moderate to heavy rainfall
in most places as low-lying areas in Rajasthan were inundated
by flash floods even as four people died in Orissa due to
Incessant rains triggered by cyclone `Phet` continued to
drench the desert state of Rajasthan as nearly 300 people of
Lathi village in Jaisalmer district were evacuated.
However, Met Office said the tropical cyclone weakened
towards the evening and the situation in western parts of the
state is improving. The state government convened a high-level
meeting in which Collectors of several districts were asked to
prepare a relief package to victims who suffered heavy loss of
crop and properties.
Bikaner recorded a rainfall of 58 MM since last evening
followed by Churu 45 MM, Pilani 36 MM and Phalodi 18 MM
respectively. Mercury fell sharply as the minimum in Jaipur
and Bikaner came down to 19.1 C and 19.4 C respectively.
The national capital recorded the second lowest maximum
for the month of June in the past 41 years after the city
received overnight showers. The maximum dropped by 6.1 degree
Celsius to touch 26.9 degrees, second lowest maximum only to
25.7 degrees recorded two years ago on June 8. The maximum was
14 degrees below normal.
The city also recorded a night temperature of 22.1 degree
Celsius, the lowest for the month in the past three years. The
lowest temperature was 27.6 degrees yesterday.
Heavy rains also drenched Chandigarh, Haryana and Punjab,
affecting normal life.
Union Territory Chandigarh recorded 83.6 MM rainfall
since last evening as low-lying areas were flooded. In Haryana
Panchkula and Ambala received 75 MM and 47.8 MM rainfall
respectively while Mohali in Punjab recorded 80 MM rainfall.
The maximum in Chandigarh plummeted to 22.5 C, 18 degrees
below normal while that in Ambala settled at 22.4 C, down by
In Himachal Pradesh, widespread rains continued to lash
the plains while upper reaches experienced mild snowfall,
resulting in the mercury nosediving by several notches.
The maximum in capital Shimla, which received 128.7 MM
rainfall since last evening, fell to 13.4 degree Celsius
against yesterday`s 22.2 C, forcing people to pullout light
Meanwhile, hot conditions prevailed in East belt`s Orissa
where four more people died due to suspected sun stroke,
raising the death toll this season to 201.
While two casualties were reported from Bargarh district,
one person each died in Khurda and Sambalpur districts.
The state`s highest temperature was recorded at 46 degree
Celsius at Hirakud followed by Sambalpur 45.8 C, Jharsuguda
45.4 C and Talcher 44.6 C.