Girl killed, temperatures in Northwest drops

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New Delhi, May 20 (UNI) A girl was killed due to floods in Kashmir Valley overnight while other parts of the Northwest experienced a dip in temperatures following rains.

Cloud burst and hailstorm caused flood at Paharthen in central Kashmir last evening, sources said.

Two girls Maimoona and Shabnam were washed away. However, Shabnam was saved while the body of Maimoona was fished out at a distance sources said.

Heavy winds blew off the roof tops of about 26 houses in Pulwama and Anantnag district of south Kashmir last night, injuring girl, sources added.

The rain brought down the mercury by one degree to 16 degrees Celsius below normal in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh Union Territory where dense clouds hung over several areas during the day.

The change in the weather has been attributed to western disturbance lying over Jammu and Kashmir and its neighbourhood.

In Punjab, the maximum temperatures further declined in the wake of light to moderate rain at isolated places, including Nangal dam.

Patiala was cool at 23.9 degrees, while Amritsar recorded the maximum at 28.5 degrees, whereas Patiala, Balachour and Amritsar were also lashed by rain, respectively measuring 51.1 mm, 47.3 mm and 10.4 mm downpour.

Rains also lashed parts of Haryana. The maximum temperature at Karnal was registered at 23.8, Ambala at 26.2 and Hissar at 30.2 degrees, following rain.

Parts of Himachal Pradesh also experienced rainfall last night, keeping the temperatures low. The maximum temperature settled at 32.4 degrees at Una, 31.2 at Bhuntar, 30.2 at Dharamsala, 28.4 at Sundernagar and 23.4 degrees at Shimla.

Chandigarh recorded 13.6 mm rain overnight and the maximum temperature at 27.4 degrees, 11 degrees below normal.

Overnight rain and thundershowers maintained coolness in Delhi for the second consecutive day, bringing down the minimum temperature, from 22.1 degrees yesterday, to 20.8 degrees, six degrees below normal.

The maximum temperature recorded was four degrees below normal at 35 degrees. A total of 7.3 mm of rain was recorded till 0830 hrs while another 4.6 mm was recorded till 1700 hours, weathermen said.

Heat wave conditions continued to torment the people in Chennai with the mercury rising above the 41-degree mark.

Day temperatures were appreciably above normal in some parts of Assam, Meghalaya, Jammu and Kashmir, south Chhattisgarh and coastal Karnataka. They were above normal in some parts of Orissa, Konkan, Goa, Telangana, Rayalaseema, Kerala and in remaining parts of Tamil Nadu.

Rain or thundershowers have occurred at most places in Punjab and at many places in Assam, Meghalaya, Sub-Himalayan West Bengal, Sikkim and Haryana. They have occurred at a few places in Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Gangetic West Bengal, Jharkhand, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep. They have also occurred at isolated places in Orissa, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, coastal Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, interior Karnataka and Kerala.

UNI TEAM BDP HT2007

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