Heavy rains hit normal life across north India

Unrelenting rains threw normal life out of gear in northern India.

Last Updated: Aug 22, 2010, 23:53 PM IST

New Delhi: Unrelenting rains threw normal
life out of gear in northern India where major rivers were
swelling dangerously causing flooding in several low-lying
areas today.

Moderate to heavy rains continued to lash most places in
Punjab and Haryana as the water level of Yamuna rose further,
prompting authorities to declare alert in many villages in
Sonipat, officials said.

In the national capital, heavy rains lashed most areas,
inflating the Yamuna with authorities shifting people living
in low-lying areas.

Delhi, which has witnessed the wettest August in the last
15 years, received 44.10 mm of rainfall since yesterday, which
is 19.2 mm more than Friday.

Yamuna is now flowing at a level of 205.05 metres, which
makes it 22 cm above the danger level of 204.83 metres.

Around 500 people living close to the river bank have
been evacuated and shifted to camps that have been set up in
safer areas, according to officials.

Heavy showers resulted in the maximum temperature
dropping to 28.4 degree Celsius, which is six degrees below
normal. Humidity too was very high between 98 and 94 per cent.

In Uttar Pradesh, flood-like situation prevailed in
several districts as major rivers continued to swell due to
heavy rainfall, official sources said here.

According to the report of the Central Water Commission,
Ganga river was rising at almost all the places in the state
including Fatehgarh, Varanasi, Ghazipur, Mirzapur, Allahabad,
Rae Bareli, Kanpur, and Gumtia.

Yamuna was flowing marginally below danger mark in
Mathura and was swelling at Agra, Etawah, Kalpi, Hamirpur,
Banda and Naini in Allahabad.

Moradabad recorded the highest 84.4 mm rainfall in the
state since yesterday, followed by 35.4 in Kalagarh (Bijnore)
and 31.6 in Bagpath.

State capital Lucknow and Kanpur recorded 28.6 mm and
24.2 mm rainfall respectively.

A man was killed after being buried under boulders near
Srinagar town in Uttarakhand, as moderate to rather heavy
rains paralyzed normal life in the state.

Many areas of Garhwal and Kumaon received moderate to
rather heavy rainfall with Dehra Dun recording 106 mm of
rainfall followed by New Tehri with 52 mm and Pantnagar 40 mm
since yesterday.

The water level in most of the rivers was rising
menacingly with Ganga, Yamuna and their tributaries flowing
near the danger mark.

PTI