Heavy rains in North India; 12 killed in Rajasthan



Heavy rains in North India; 12 killed in Rajasthan New Delhi: Twelve persons were on Wednesday killed in Rajasthan as North India received widespread and heavy rains which brought normal life to a standstill at many places.

The capital Delhi recorded a maximum temperature of 32.6 degrees celsius and a minimum of 25.2 degrees celsius.

The city received nearly 35mm of rainfall in the past 24 hours. While 10 people were killed in Jaipur, two were killed in Dausa district of Rajasthan.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh took stock of the situation in the state by calling up Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot over phone, a state government spokesperson said. In Jaipur, many people have been sent to safer areas following the heavy downpour. Till this morning, the city has received 300mm of rains, the Met department said.

Schools and colleges have been shut till the situation improves, the sources said. In Kashmir, a Border Security Force post and eight residential houses were swept away and five BSF troopers were injured and one was missing in a cloudburst near the Line of Control in Gurez sector in Bandipora district.

The cloudburst occurred near Tulail, 140-km from here, in the wee hours washing away a BSF post and eight residential houses, officials said.

Five BSF jawans were rescued in an injured condition, they said adding a head constable was missing and efforts were on to trace him.

Uttar Pradesh received moderate to heavy rainfall at many places in the past 24 hours as the monsoon remained active over the state. Rainfall was recorded in Bhinga, Ghazipur, Nighasan, Agra, Neemsar, Banda, Chhata, Ankinghat, Orai, Etawah, Dhauraha, Palliakalan, Chunar, Kalpi and Mathura, Met office sources said.

Rain and thundershower would occur at many places over the state and one or two places could receive heavy rains during the next 48 hours, it said.

Widespread monsoon rains continued to lash parts of Haryana and Punjab for the third consecutive day today, even as rainfall deficiency, which hovered around 70 per cent in the two states at the end of last month narrowed down.

Chandigarh, the joint capital of the two states, was lashed by heavy rains earlier in the day today.

PTI