Jaipur/ Ahmedabad, Jun 13 (UNI) Four people, including two children, were killed in rain related incidents even as the South West Monsoon reached Rajasthan today causing widespread rains in southern parts of the desert state.
Meanwhile, two people died in Surat after a temple wall collapsed as heavy rains lashed most parts of Gujarat.
Ten families were shifted to safer locations in port town of Mandavi in Kutch district, where normal life was thrown completely out of gear due to heavy rains, official sources said tonight.
Moderate to heavy rains were reported from most parts of Gujarat.
In most of the places, low-lying areas have already been waterlogged.
Similarly, a 30-year-old man was washed away in a canal, while 15 houses were damaged in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts of Karnataka which has been experiencing heavy rains during last one week.
According to official sources, heavy rains and dusty winds during the last two days damaged several houses in Padubidre, besides uprooting over 50 trees.
The pre-monsoon showers lashed various parts of Punjab and Haryana with Patiala being the wettest place in the region with 91.2 mm rain.
Heavy rain cooled down the city as the maximum temperature was recorded at 31.7 degrees, 9 degrees below normal. While Ludhiana, which recieved just 4.6 mm rain, recorded 34.3 degrees, which is 7 degrees below normal.
In Haryana, Ambala experienced 33.3 mm rains followed by 31.6 mm at Karnal and 3.7 at Hissar. Ambala recorded maximum temperature at 31.9 degrees, Karnal 32 degrees, 8 degrees below normal and Hissar 37.9 degrees.
Capital town Chandigarh today received 53 mm rains bringing down the maximum temperture at 30 degrees, 9 degrees below normal.
More pre-monsoon showers lashed several mid and lower hills of Himachal Pradesh last night with Una being the wettest in the state with 56.8 mm rain.
Meanwhile, the minimum temperatures across the state rose by a few degrees with Shimla recording a night temperature of 17.1 degrees as against 15.6 degrees recorded yesterday.
The Met Office recorded night temperature of 19.1 at Dharamshala, Una 24, Mandi 24, Keylong 16.4, Solan 22 and Palampur 24.4 degrees Celsius respectively.
After light rains yesterday, Delhi was today hit by moderate rains even as the weatherman said Monsoon in the city was just round the corner.
Coupled with North Westerly winds, the showers brought down the mercury by a few degrees, providing relief to Delhiites from the perspiring conditions of the past few days.
The maximum dropped from 35.2 degrees yesterday to 33 degrees, seven degrees below normal. Earlier, high humidity levels brought about by cloudy weather conditions had led to a rise in minimum temperature to 29 degrees.
Several places in Madhya Pradesh experienced light to moderate rains as monsoon became active in the state since the past two days.
According to the Met office here, rains were recorded in Bhopal, Indore, Jabalpur, Ujjain, Sagar and Gwalior, while Seoni recorded 10 cm, Datia six cm, Guna and Shivpuri had five and three cm rainfall respectively.
The south-west monsoon has further advanced into most parts of Arabian sea, remaining parts of Gujarat state, some parts of Rajasthan, some parts of west Uttar Pradesh, most parts of east Uttar Pradesh, entire Uttarakhand and Jammu and Kashmir.
Also conditions are favourable for further advance of the south-west monsoon into remaining parts of the country during the next two to three days, the weatherman forecast.
UNI Team RJ AS2118