Monsoon remains active in northern India

Last Updated: Monday, August 15, 2011 - 22:51

New Delhi: Monsoon continued to hold sway in
northern India on Monday with rains drenching most parts of the
region and claiming 17 lives in Uttar Pradesh.

Light drizzles brought cheers on the faces of Delhiites,
enjoying the holiday spirit of Independence Day, as it lowered
mercury in the national capital.

The maximum and minimum temperatures were recorded at
28.1 deg C and 25.1 deg C, respectively.

Seventeen people were killed in rain-related incidents in
Uttar Pradesh while major rivers Ganga, Sharda and Ghagra
continued to play havoc at a number of places due to heavy
downpour.

Four persons were killed in Unnao, three each in
Farukhabad and Allahabad, two in Lucknow and one each in
Etawah, Auraiya, Fatehpur, Chitrakoot and Varanasi since
yesterday, officials said.

Major rivers Ghagra, Sharda, Ganga, Rapti, Budhi Rapti,
Rohini and Gandak are on the rise and flooded some villages, a
Central Water Commission report said.

According to the MeT office, Auraiya had 130.1 mm of
rainfall, followed by Fafamau (Allahabad) at 110.6 mm and
Neemsar (Sitapur) at 102.8 mm.

Rain lashed many places in Punjab and Haryana, including
Chandigarh, with day temperatures settling a few degrees below
the normal level.

Chandigarh received 14 mm of rainfall.

Among other places in Punjab, Patiala and Ludhiana
received 38 mm and 10 mm of rainfall. In Haryana, heavy rains
lashed Ambala (35 mm), where the day temperature dropped by
six degrees to settle at 27.4 deg C.

Other places in the region which received rains include
Panchkula, Sonepat, Kurukshetra, Mohali, Balachaur, Phagwara,
Moga and Gurdaspur.

Some areas of Jaisalmer and Barmer districts were facing
flood-like situation as rains continued to lash parts of
Rajasthan.

Both the districts have recorded excess rainfall in the
monsoon season so far and authorities are taking precautionary
measures to keep the situation under control.

Sriganganagar recorded the maximum rainfall of 50.4 mm,
followed by Phalodi 38 mm, Sawaimadhopur 31 mm, Bikaner 9.2
mm, Mount Abu 7.8 mm and Banswara 7.4 mm, the MeT said.

In Barmer, Kanu, Kawas, Harsani, Bariyaa, Singdar remain
waterlogged while flood-like situation looms in Jhinjhinyali,
Guhda, Bogniyai, Tejpala and Modha villages in Jaisalmer.

Meanwhile, the MeT office has issued heavy to very heavy
rainfall warning at isolated areas in east Rajasthan during
the next 24 hours.

PTI



First Published: Monday, August 15, 2011 - 22:51

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