Rains in North India



New Delhi: North India received moderate to heavy rainfall today as monsoon remained active over the region.

Capital Delhi recorded 10.9 mm of rain till evening. The maximum temperature in the city was recorded at 30.7 degrees celsius, three less than normal and the minimum was 25.5 degrees celsius, one less than the usual.

Uttar Pradesh received moderate to heavy rainfall at a few places over the past 24 hours.

Met office sources said, rainfall was recorded at Balrampur, Bansi, Utraula, Shahabad, Bhinga, Bilari, Bisalpur, Dumariaganj, Maharajganj, Hapur and Kasganj.

They said heavy rain might occur at one or two places in the state. Central Water Commission sources said that Ganga which was rising all through from Kannauj to Varanasi was flowing very near the danger mark at Fatehgarh. Yamuna was also showing a rising trend from Mathura to Naini (Allahabad), sources said, adding, Sharda river was still flowing above the danger mark at Palia Kalan though it has started receding.

Meanwhile, the Rajasthan government said belying predictions of a drought, the state has received above normal rainfall this year following two days of torrential showers which led to the death of 27 people in the state. The state on August 9 had a rainfall deficit of 29.69 per cent. However, the situation took a u-turn two days ago when torrential rains lashed the state. The state has now received 4.89 per cent above normal rainfall.

The Rajasthan government has asked the Central team, which was scheduled to arrive here to assess the drought situation, to postpone their visit for some time because of the heavy rains, officials said.

Twenty-seven people have been killed in rain-related incidents in the state where large-scale relief work is underway to mitigate the suffering of the affected people.

In Uttarakhand, incessant rains since last night have affected normal life. Met office sources said, Dehradun, Rudraprayag, Uttarkashi and Chamoli were some of the place which received heavy rainfall.

In Himachal Pradesh, Dharamsala, experienced yet another day of heavy showers when the city got 184.2 mm of rain on Thursday evening. Most of the roads connecting the city with other stations are blocked due to landslides. All rivulets around Dharamsala are flooded.

PTI