Widespread rains in North India

Heavy rains lashed the northern region on Thursday inundating low-lying areas, throwing vehicular traffic out of gear and disrupting power supply.

Updated: Sep 15, 2011, 22:32 PM IST

New Delhi: Heavy rains lashed the northern
region on Thursday inundating low-lying areas, throwing vehicular
traffic out of gear and disrupting power supply.

Due to torrential showers, the visibility at the Delhi
airport dropped leading to disruption in flight operations.
According to the Airport MeT Department, the airport area
received 117 mm of rains between 1435 and 1540 hours.

"It was a cloudbrust like situation. Since 1959, this was
the highest rainfall recorded at the IGI airport," said R K
Jenamani, Director Airport Met Department.

The Ridge area in the national capital recorded 24.4 mm
of rains between 5:30 pm yesterday and 8:30 am today followed
by Ayanagar 15 mm.

The minimum temperature in the city settled at 25.6
degrees Celsius, a notch above normal but down from
yesterday`s 27.2.

The maximum was recorded at 34.2 degrees Celsius, down
from yesterday`s 36.2.

The return of rains to Delhi after a gap of six days,
when the city had recorded 96.1 mm of showers, brought back
water-logging and resultant traffic snarls on the road.
Heavy rains, accompanied by strong winds, uprooted
electric poles and trees at many places in the Union Territory
of Chandigarh.

All major roads in the city were waterlogged disrupting
road traffic.

Many places in Haryana and Punjab also received heavy
showers this morning.

Most parts of Himachal received intermittent rains since
last evening as monsoon, which had weakened during past one
week, reactivated.

Day temperature in Himachal capital Shimla fell by five
degrees from yesterday`s 23.5 degrees to 18.5 degrees.

Moderate to heavy rains also lashed most parts of
Uttarakhand disrupting pilgrimage to Gangotri, Yamunotri and
Badrinath shrines.

PTI