With the withdrawal of monsoon in the grain bowl states of Punjab and Haryana, the weather department recorded scanty rains this year even as good rainfall towards the end brought down the overall deficit.
Sindh`s provincial government in Pakistan has reportedly issued a rain alert, prodding the relief commissioner, deputy commissioners and health-related facilities and agencies to be prepared to meet any eventuality as the Met Office warned of the possibility of `urban flooding` because of monsoon rains.
With most places in Karnataka likely to experience rain and thundershowers on Monday, fishermen have been cautioned to stay off the sea as strong winds may blow along and off the Karnataka coast, the Met Office here said.
Puddles of rain water were formed on some major throughfares as pre-monsoon showers brought much-needed relief from the sweltering heat and humidity for residents of the eastern metropolis on Saturday.
Rain and thundershowers are likely to occur at most places in Karnataka as the south-west monsoon advanced further into the remaining parts of north interior Karnataka and covered the entire state, the Met office said on Saturday.
The death toll due to the dust storm in Rajasthan has risen to 19 and over 60 persons have been injured in related incidents, according to reports late on Wednesday. The death toll is likely to go up, said authorities.