More pre-monsoon showers in HP

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Shimla, Jun 12 (UNI) Heavy pre-monsoon showers lashed Shimla town and other adjoining areas last night, triggering landslides at several places in the town and disrupting movement of vehicles.

Shimla town and its surrounding areas experienced a record 80.4 mm overnight rains, the maximum rainfall recorded during the last 24 hours this season, Shimla Meteorological Office Director Manmohan Singh told UNI here.

He said the town had recorded a maximum of 114.4 mm rain on June eight, 2000 followed by 88.3 mm on June 11, 1998 and 81.1 mm rain on June 17, 2004.

Attributing the present rains in the state to pre-monsoon showers, Mr Sharma said the monsoon would reach the state in another four or five days.

The met office said the famous tourist resort of Dharamshala in Kangra district also recorded 14.6 mm overnight rains followed by 1.1 mm at Sundernagar, and point five ands point six mm rain at Bhuntar and Kalpa.

A report from Dharamshala said Kangra district experienced heavy rains in the entire district this afternoon, throwing normal life out of gear.

Meanwhile, the Met office said the minimum temperature in Shimla town fell by a few notches to 15.6 degrees, while Sundernagar, Bhuntar, Kalpa and Dharamshala recorded 22, 21.7, 12.2 and 19.7 degree Celsius respectively.

Una town recorded a night temperature of 23, Nahan 23.7, Mandi 24.1, Keylong 15.1 and Palampur 19.4 degree Celsius.

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