The national capital experienced a cloudy and chilly Friday followed by a dense fog in the morning which led to 39 flights being delayed and 64 trains being cancelled. Fog is expected on Saturday morning too while the day is expected to be sunny and chilly.
The NDRF on Friday intensified its relief and rescue operations in the rain and flood-battered Chennai and its adjoining areas as it added 20 more teams for the job and rescued over 10,000 people till now.
Life in the Tamil Nadu capital was crippled on Wednesday as fresh downpour worsened an already disastrous flood situation, posing danger to thousands of people in low-lying areas. The financial loss may exceed Rs 15,000 crore, an industry lobby body said, as weather forecasting agencies predicted heavy rain to continue for at least the next two days.
Winter continued to tighten its grip on the higher reaches on Wednesday and Keylong became the coldest place in Himachal Pradesh, the temperature slipping well below the freezing point, the Met office said.
Widespread rainfall in states like Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra has reduced the overall monsoon deficiency to 13 percent in the country, although several parts are still reeling under acute water shortage.
In major respite for drought prone Odisha, the IMD has predicted heavy rainfall accompanied by gusty surface wind in several places of the state in the wake of well marked low pressure over west central Bay of Bengal and adjoining areas.
Rainfall deficiency in Marathwada region of Maharashtra, facing a drought like situation, reached up to 51 percent even as total area in the country to have received "deficient" monsoon went up by 40 percent.
The month of August has recorded a monsoon deficiency of 22 per cent, highest in the season so far, India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Monday said even as the overall deficit declined marginally to 11 per cent.