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Widespread showers in North; flood situation grim

Widespread rains drenched several parts of North India for another day on Tuesday as many villages in Punjab and Haryana remained submerged in flood water while major rivers continued to swell in Uttar Pradesh.



New Delhi: Widespread rains drenched
several parts of North India for another day on Tuesday as many
villages in Punjab and Haryana remained submerged in flood
water while major rivers continued to swell in Uttar Pradesh.

In Punjab`s Mansa district, flood water entered 22 more
villages as Ghaggar river continued to overflow while life was
affected in Ambala, Kurukshetra, Kaithal, Fatehabad and Sirsa
in Haryana where low-lying areas continued to be inundated.

Amritsar was drenched by 55 mm of rains while Mallanwala
recorded 52 mm, Madhopur 45 mm, Rohti 44 mm and Ferozepur City
38 mm. The downpour resulted in mercury settling upto four
degrees below normal at most places in the region.

Hisar was the hottest place in the region at 35.8 deg C,
two notches below normal, followed by Chandigarh 33.2 deg C,
Patiala, Ambala and Amritsar an identical 32.9 degrees, which
was four notches below normal.

Heavy rains also lashed Uttar Pradesh where major rivers
are in spate. Water level of Ganga in Kannauj, Kanpur Dehat,
Kanpur, Dalmau (Raebareli), Allahabad, Mirzapur and Ballia is
nearing danger level while that of Yamuna in Mathura, Agra,
Kalpi, Hamirpur, Banda and Naini (Allahabad) is rising.

Baghpat received the maximum 69 mm rainfall followed by
Banda 53 mm, Bareilly 52.6 mm and Shahjahanpur 48.2 mm.

Meanwhile, after a day of heavy rains, national capital
Delhi today received only meagre rainfall.

Vehicular movement in some parts of the city were
affected for the second day today due to water-logging, a
spill over effect of last evening`s heavy rains.

The city received 0.2 mm of rains for a period of 12
hours ending 8:30 am today. Heavy rains, which lashed the city
for about 90 minutes last evening measuring 51.4 mm, threw the
traffic out of gear. 11 people, including two woman and three
children, were killed in rain-related incidents yesterday.

The monsoon remained weak in Rajasthan and Himachal
Pradesh.

Most parts of the desert state, barring Dhlopur (48 mm),
experienced dry weather today. Sikar endured a hot day at 38.5
deg C followed by Jaipur and Bikaner at 37.4 degrees.

In Himachal Pradesh, Sundernagar was the wettest with
42.5 mm of rains, followed by Dharamsala 38.5 mm, Karsog 38 mm
and Bhoranj 30 mm.

However, mercury rose in Shimla, Sundernagar, Mandi,
Bhuntar and Dharamsala by three to eight degrees to settle at
24.3 deg C, 32.4 deg C, 32.9 deg C, 32.6 deg C and 25.8 deg C
respectively.

PTI

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