New Delhi: Twelve persons were killed in
rain-related incidents across the country on Thursday as moderate to
heavy rains lashed several states triggering flash floods at
places and a further surge in major rivers.
Out of the twelve lives lost in rain-related incidents
today, four each were reported from Uttarakhand and Uttar
Pradesh in the northern region where major rivers were in
spate following rainfall in their catchment areas.
Four persons were washed away in flash floods caused by
incessant rains in Uttarakhand for the past five days taking
the number of those killed in rain-related incidents across
the state this monsoon to 15. All the four fresh deaths were
reported from the state`s Udham Singh Nagar district.
Torrential rains also increased the water levels in most
of the rivers in the hill state inundating low-lying areas and
prompting the administration to evacuate nearly 2.5 lakh
people, official sources said.
Apart from major rivers like the Ganga and Yamuna, most
of the small rivers were rising menancingly, they said.
In Uttar Pradesh, three persons were killed in Unnao
while another person died in Ballia. With these deaths, 54
persons have lost their lives in the state since the advent of
monsoon, official sources said.
They said major rivers were on the rise while the Ghagra
had crossed the danger mark in Ayodhya.
The four other deaths occurred in Chattisgarh when
lightning struck farm labourers in Durg district. Three of the
victims were women, police said.
Heavy rains occurred at several places in Jammu region
causing flash floods at places and a landslide at Panthal in
Ramban district which led to the brief closure of
IAF choppers had to be pressed into service to rescue 20
persons including two children caught in flash floods in
Kathua district. One house was washed away in flash flood in a
canal in high security Bhatandi belt of Jammu city.
Isolated but heavy rains lashed some areas in Himachal
Pradesh too, keeping the day temperatures low.
Shimla had a clear sky in the morning but clouds gathered
as the day wore on, bringing in fog and intermittent showers.
Rajgarh in Sirmaur district recorded 92 mm of rains
while Mandi and Kotkhai had 25.6 mm and 20 mm of rains,
Dharampur in Mandi district had 15 mm rains, followed by Nahan
12 mm, Nurpur 9 mm, Tissa and Sangrah 8 mm each, Saloni 7 mm
and Gohar 6 mm.
The maximum day temperature remained static at 22.1
degrees C in Shimla while it dropped from 24.4 degrees to 20.6
deg C in Dharamsala, from 30.8 deg C to 27.9 degrees in
Sundernagar and from 29.8 deg C to 26.4 degrees in Mandi.
Some places in Punjab and Haryana, battling floods were
also lashed by rains as the maximum temperatures settled a few
notches below normal.
Hisar recorded a high of 35 degrees Celsius after being
lashed by light showers, the Met said here.
Karnal registered a high of 31 deg C, down three degrees,
after receiving light rains.
Rohtak and Narnaul also recorded below normal maximums of
33.1 deg C and 32.5 deg C.
In Punjab, Ludhiana had a pleasant day at 30 deg C, down
four as the industrial town received 10 mm rain.
Patiala recorded a high of 29.1 deg C, down three degrees
and a rainfall of 4 mm.
Chandigarh received 5 mm rain during the day. The high
here settled at 29.5 deg C, down by two degrees.
Some places in Rajasthan also received rains with Bikaner
recording maximum 22 mm rainfall till evening, the Met
Barmer received 4 mm, Sriganganagar and Churu 1 mm,
Kota 0.1 mm rainfall while Ajmer received drizzles.