Monsoon revives in North; over 15 dead in rains

The south-west monsoon today revived over northern parts of the country, including the national capital, with most parts of the region lashed by torrential rains that claimed over 15 lives.

Last Updated: Jul 20, 2010, 20:01 PM IST

New Delhi: The south-west monsoon today
revived over northern parts of the country, including the
national capital, with most parts of the region lashed by
torrential rains that claimed over 15 lives.

Heavy rains drenched parts of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand
and Himachal Pradesh while Delhi, Punjab, Haryana and
Rajasthan received moderate rainfall.

13 people perished in rain-related incidents in Uttar
Pradesh where many areas experienced heavy downpour since
yesterday. While three children were killed in Lucknow as they
fell into a drain, six died in Moradabad when a boat capsized
and one death each was reported from Unnao, Gorakhpur,
Sultanpur and Azamgarh.

Bahraich was wettest with 139 mm rainfall followed by
Gorakhpur 118.2 mm and Lucknow 112 mm among others.

Incessant rains lashed Uttarakhand for the third straight
day today as three persons died in rain-related incidents at
various parts of the state.

The downpour triggered landslides, blocking vehicular
traffic to Badrinath and Yamunotri shrines in Garhwal region
and also at Tanakpur-Pithoragarh Highway in Kumaon region. It
also led to alarming rise in water-levels of major rivers.

In Himachal Pradesh, normal life was affected as
cloudbursts resulted in cattle being washed away in tribal
Bharmaour region in Chamba district.

Among other places, Dharamsala received 98.6 mm of rains
while state capital Shimla, experiencing intermittent heavy
rains, had 80 mm of rains.

The downpour resulted in mercury dipping by several
notches. Una remained the hottest place in the state at 30.2
deg C while the maximum in Shimla dropped to 22.9 deg C
against 24 deg C yesterday.

PTI