Heavy rains trigger landslides in north, Konkan region

New Delhi: A fresh spell of monsoon rains hit Konkan region in the western coast and parts of north India triggering landslides and flash floods while seven people perished in heavy showers in Uttar Pradesh.

Incessant rains continued to lash Uttar Pradesh where four people lost their lives in rain-related incidents in Rampur while three deaths were reported from temple town Varanasi.

With the fresh casualties, the death toll this season has risen to 73 in the state where major rivers are in spate. Among other places, Sitapur recorded a rainfall of 13.6 mm.

A fresh spell of monsoon rains hit parts of Konkan region as mudslides, especially in worst-affected Ratnagiri district, caused damages to rail tracks, disrupting rail services.

In the northern region, torrential rains triggered landslides in north Kashmir and Uttarakhand.

Several houses were collapsed in flash floods that damaged five bridges in Bandipora and Baramulla districts of north Kashmir. A pillar of Goshi Bridge got washed away in the floods as a truck fell into the canal. However, both its occupants were rescued.

In Uttarakhand, landslides triggered by heavy rains blocked vehicular traffic on Rishikesh-Gangotri and Rishikesh-Badrinath highways, leaving hundreds of pilgrims stranded. Nine people were injured after being hit by boulders following rains at Chami area of Uttarkashi district.

Many parts of Himachal Pradesh too received moderate to heavy rainfall with Mandi recording 55 mm of rains, followed by Bhoranj 25 mm, Baijnath 21 mm, Sundernagar 19.7 mm, Baldwara 11 mm and Seobagh 10.8 mm.

State capital Shimla recorded a high of 23.9 deg C against 25.2 deg C yesterday. Una remained hottest in the region at 35 degrees.

Meanwhile, mercury showed a rising trend in the national capital despite showers during the day. The maximum settled at one degree above normal at 35.5 deg C as against 35 degrees the previous day. The minimum stood at 27.6 deg C, a notch above normal.

The city received 13.2 mm of rains during the day. However, the maximum humidity levels touched 91 per cent, making it uncomfortable for the citizens.

In the Punjab and Haryana region, the temperatures rose slightly and settled a few notches above the normal. Hisar was the hottest at 37 degrees, three notches above normal, while the high in Ambala settled at 36.2 deg C, two degrees above normal.

Elsewhere in the region, Chandigarh recorded a maximum of 35.6 deg C, Ludhiana 34.7 deg C, Amritsar 34.4 deg C and Patiala 33.9 deg C.