Landslides in HP, U'khand as Rains Lash North India

Moderate to heavy rains lashed most parts of north India triggering landslides in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand and causing rivers across the region to flow close to the danger mark at several places.

People in Delhi were affected by extreme humidity which was recorded between 64 and 92 per cent, a day after the city experienced light showers.

Till 8.30 am today, 2.7 mm rains were recorded, the MeT office said.

The maximum temperature was recorded at 34.9 degrees Celsius, a notch above the normal, while the minimum settled at 25.8 degrees Celsius, a notch below normal.

Heavy rains lashed most parts of Uttarakhand triggering landslides and sending major rivers into spate even as roads to Himalayan shrines remained blocked stalling Chardham yatra.

Two houses and a cattleshed were razed to the ground due to landslips at Odar village near Tharali in Chamoli district, but there was no loss of life, a disaster management and mitigation centre release said.

Chardham yatra remained affected with roads to the famous Himalayan shrines of Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri was blocked at a number of places.

The threat of floods in the plains also loomed large with major rivers flowing close to the danger mark.

Ganga at Rishikesh was flowing at 339.03 metres against the danger mark of 339.50 metres. At Haridwar, it was flowing at 292.50 metres less than a metre down the danger mark at 293 metres.

Alaknanda at Badrinath was flowing at 3,111.45 metres, less than two metres down the danger mark at 3,113 metres.

Kumaon region in the state received heaviest rains with Nainital recording the highest at 85 mm rains followed by Dharchula at 34 mm and Munsayari 19 mm.

Normal life was thrown out of gear in several parts of Himachal as heavy rains triggered landslides, uprooted trees and affected power supply in parts of Shimla.

Major rivers flowed above danger mark and people living along the banks and downstream the dams were asked to take necessary precautions and shift to safer places.

Dharamsala experienced the most showers at 119 mm followed by Shimla 89 mm, Jubbarhatti 60 mm, Manali 47 mm, Bajaura 45 mm, Jogindernagar 37 mm, Bhandal 26 mm, Sangrah and Kangra 24 mm each, Kahu 22 mm and Jhungi 20 mm.

Una registered a record high of 43 degrees Celsius during the season while at other places in the state, mercury settled at around normal levels.

Moderate to heavy rains lashed several places in Rajasthan with Churu recording 66.4 mm rainfall, the highest in the state followed by Ajmer 27.1 mm, Chittorgarh 27 mm, Pilani 26.1 mm, Jodhpur 22.3 mm, Dabok 4 mm, Ganganagar 1.3 mm and Kota 1 mm rains since this morning, the Met department said, adding, many other places recorded light to heavy rainfall.

Moderate to rather heavy rains occurred at many places over west Uttar Pradesh and at a few places over eastern parts of the state in the last 24 hours.

According to the Met department, Sidhauli received most rains at 11 cm followed by Nawabganj, Kalpi 9 cm each, Fatehpur, Amroha 7 cm each, Ramsanehighat, Jalesar 6 cm each, Karhal 5 cm, and Kasganj, Hathras, Meerut, Hamirpur, Kanpur, Sirauli, Salon, Barabanki, Mathura, and Chibramau 4 cm each.

Monsoon rains lashed several parts of Punjab and Haryana too with mercury plunging several notches below normal levels.

Union Territory Chandigarh recorded maximum at 32 degrees Celsius while the city recorded 0.3 mm, a Met report said.

In Haryana, Bhiwani and Hisar had rainfall of 7.8 mm and 11.2 mm while their maximums settling at 33 degrees Celsius and 32.3 degrees Celsius, respectively.

Narnaul had rainfall of 7 mm and its maximum was 33 degrees Celsius. Ambala had maximum of 31.6 degrees Celsius.

In Punjab, Amritsar, Ludhiana and Patiala received rainfall of 3 mm, 6 mm and 4 mm and their maximums settled at 32, 32.1 and 32.6 degrees Celsius, respectively, down by up to two degrees from the normal levels.

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