Flash floods in Jammu; Capital reels under soaring mercury

New Delhi: Heavy rainfall was today experienced in Jammu and Kashmir throwing normal life out of gear while soaring mercury coupled with high humidity made life difficult for people in some parts of the northern belt including the national capital.

Many parts of Jammu and Kashmir received downpour that triggered flash floods, damaging several houses and inundating low-lying areas, as authorities sounded a high alert. While over 330 families were shifted to safer localities in Kistwar district, nearly 250 houses were damaged in Jammu. Chenab and Tawi rivers are flowing above the danger mark.

Meanwhile, mercury further rose in the national capital where high humidity added to the woes of Delhiites. The maximum in the city stood at 37.6 deg C, four notches above normal, while the minimum too rose by nearly two notches to settle at 28.4 deg C.

The city recorded no rainfall as the humidity levels oscillated between 52 and 85 per cent.

Sultry weather conditions prevailed in Haryana and Punjab region where Hisar endured a hot day at 38.1 deg C, three notches above normal.

Elsewhere, Amritsar recorded a maximum temperature of 35.5 deg C, up by a degree, followed by Chandigarh 35.3 deg C, three notches above normal, and Ludhiana, which received 12.3 mm of rains, at 35.2 degrees.

Ambala, which got 23.4 mm rainfall, saw the mercury settling at 34.3 deg C, four degrees above normal.

Many parts of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan received light showers. Mount Abu, Dabok and Gadraroad in the desert state recorded an overnight rainfall of 10 cm, 9 cm and 8 cm respectively.