Heavy rains in Bihar, UP, Rajasthan; claim six lives

Heavy rains in Bihar and several parts of north India claimed six lives and disrupted road and rail traffic as mercury hovered below normal for another day today.

Last Updated: Jul 23, 2010, 20:35 PM IST

New Delhi: Heavy rains in Bihar and several
parts of north India claimed six lives and disrupted road and
rail traffic as mercury hovered below normal for another day
today.

Torrential rains continued to lash Uttar Pradesh where
three more people lost their lives in rain-related incidents,
taking the death toll this season to 57.

Many parts of Rajasthan too witnessed heavy rains as rail
and road traffic were affected in Barmer district, drenched by
7.5 cms of showers since last night.

The weekly Thar Express, running between India and
Pakistan, was postponed while two local trains were cancelled.

The monsoon became active particularly over north-west
region with Bikaner, Churu, Phalodi, Jodhpur, Mount Abu,
Jaislamer and Jaipur receiving moderate to heavy rainfall.

Meanwhile, overcast conditions prevailed in the national
capital, where mercury rose slightly. The maximum stood at
34.6 deg C against 33.5 deg C while the minimum settled at
27.6 deg C against 26 degrees the previous day.

The city, which received trace rainfall, recorded
humidity levels ranging between 61 and 86 per cent.

Meanwhile, weather conditions in Jammu and Kashmir,
lashed by heavy rains in the past two days, improved.
Authorities allowed thousands of pilgrims stranded enroute to
holy Amarnath cave shrine to proceed to Lord Shive temple.

Elsewhere in the country, the southwest monsoon was
vigorous in Bihar, where three children drowned in flash
floods, besides Gujarat, Orissa, Haryana, Konkan, Goa and
Central Maharashtra. It has been subdued over Tamil Nadu.

PTI