Heavy rains lash most of North India, 14 killed

Fourteen persons were killed as heavy rains lashed most parts of North India for yet another day on Monday.

Last Updated: Aug 02, 2010, 20:30 PM IST

New Delhi: Fourteen persons were killed as
heavy rains lashed most parts of North India for yet another
day on Monday drenching Rajasthan, Punjab and Haryana and causing
major rivers in Uttar Pradesh to keep up their upward surge
with Ghagra flowing at the danger mark at various points.

All the 14 casualties occurred since Sunday evening in UP
where rivers including the Ganga, Yamuna and Ghagra continued
to rise amid heavy rains at various places.

While three persons died in Fatehpur, two each died in
Mirzapur, Sonebhadra, Chandauli and Hamirpur and one in Mahoba
after being struck by lightning while two persons died in
Sitapur due to drowning into a flooded river, official sources
said.

According to reports of the Central Water Commission,
water levels in the Ganga are rising in Ballia while the
Yamuna is swelling in Mohna, Agra, Etawah and Banda.

River Gomti is on the rise in Sultanpur and Jaunpur,
while Ghagra is flowing at the danger mark at Elgin Bridge
(Barabanki), Ayodhya (Faizabad) and Ballia, they said.

According to the report Mirzapur received the maximum
rainfall of 60 mm in the last 24 hours.

The latest casualties in UP have taken the number of
people killed in rain-related incidents across the state this
season to 92.

Widespread rains continued in Rajasthan also with Bikaner
and Ajmer receiving maximum rainfall of 9 mm till this
evening, the Met office said.

Dabok, Jaipur and Barmer recorded 5 mm, 4.2 mm and 1
mm of rains respectively while Kota and Jodhpur received 0.4
mm of showers.

Rains would occur at most places in the southern part and
a few in the northern part of the desert state in the next 24
hours, the Met office said.

Temperatures across Punjab and Haryana dipped marginally
following widespread rains in the two neighbouring states.

While Chandigarh was drenched by 14.6 mm of rainfall,
Ludhiana received eight mm of rains and Karnal three mm of
showers.

PTI