Rains kill 19 in North India, Uttarakhand worst-hit

Nineteen more people died in north India as incessant rains lashed the region triggering landslides and rising levels of major rivers.

Last Updated: Sep 18, 2010, 21:21 PM IST

New Delhi: Nineteen more people died in
north India as incessant rains lashed the region triggering
landslides and rising levels of major rivers.

At least 17 people were killed and 10 others were trapped
in debris as landslides triggered by heavy rains wreaked havoc
in Uttarakhand, sweeping away scores of houses in several
villages of the hill state.

The worst affected was Almora district, where an alert
has been sounded by the administration. Sitarganj received a
maximum rainfall of 193 mm, followed by Haldwani at 160 mm,
Pantnagar (116.2 mm), Nainital (108 mm) and Almora (89 mm)
The torrential rains have also disrupted the annual
Chardham pilgrimage with national highways and roads linking
them hit by landslides at a number of places.

Two people lost their lives in rain-related incidents in
Uttar Pradesh, where flood situation continued to remain grim
in several districts due to rise in water level of major
rivers at a number of places.

Flood situation in trans-Ganga areas of Farrukhabad
district turned grim affecting a population of over one lakh
with water being discharged in Ganga at Narora.

Ganga is flowing above the danger mark at Fatehgarh and
Ballia. Yamuna continued to flow above the red mark at Mathura
and Auriaya.

The minimum temperature plummeted in higher hills and
tribal areas of Himachal Pradesh with monsoon remaining weak
in the region.

Kalpa was the coldest with a maximum of 9.6 deg C, while
Una was the hottest with a high of 32.6 deg C. Shimla recorded
a low of 13.9 deg C.

The maximum temperature in most parts of Punjab, Haryana
and Chandigarh settled between two to three degree Celsius
below normal.

Hisar was hottest in plains of Punjab and Haryana with a
high of 32.5 deg C, which was three notches below normal.

Ambala settled at a high of 32 deg C, two notches below
normal, while Amritsar recorded a high of 31.6 deg C, two
degrees below normal.

Chandigarh recorded a high of 31.5 deg C, two notches
below normal.

PTI