North India receives rains
New Delhi: Parts of North India on Thursday received moderate to heavy rainfall which left some cities water-logged.
Capital Delhi recorded a maximum of 30.8 degrees celsius, three less than normal and a minimum of 24.3 degrees celsius, two degrees less than the usual.
A total of 14.4 mm rain was received in the city in the past 24 hours.
Rains also lashed parts of Haryana and Punjab today.
In Chandigarh, 30 minutes of heavy rain left roads in the city flooded triggering traffic jams at some places.
Rains slowed down the pace of vehicular traffic as motorists had to negotiate through the sharp showers while several riding two-wheelers were forced to take cover under bus shelters or trees.
The downpour led to water accumulating in low-lying areas and causing traffic snarls on many roads including the city`s Madhya Marg.
After poor rains in July after its onset, the monsoon has been in vigorous mode in most parts of the two states and Chandigarh during the past three weeks.
In Himachal Pradesh, Revenue Minister Gulab Singh informed the state Assembly that at least 26 people died due to heavy rains and cloudbursts in Himachal Pradesh during the current monsoon.
He said that 1,892 houses were damaged after the onset of monsoon and the loss to public and private property had been assessed at Rs 896.02 crore.
The loss to horticulture and agriculture crops was assessed at Rs 300 crore while infrastructure like roads and bridges suffered loss to the tune of Rs 280 crore.
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