Monsoon lashes north-west region: 4 killed

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New Delhi, Jun 16 (UNI) Heavy rains lashed the north-west region of the country killing four people during the past 24 hours.

The maximum temperatures dipped six degrees to 14 degrees Celsius below normal as widespread rain lashed many areas in the north-west region overnight, providing respite to people from scorching heat.

However, four people were killed in rain-related incidents as monsoon remained vigorous in Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh during the past 24 hours.

In Punjab, moderate to heavy rain pounded several areas, where a general alert continued for the second day today in Gurdaspur and Amritsar districts, due to flood threat along Ravi river flowing through these districts. Patiala was the wettest place in the state.

Chandigarh was also lashed by rain, which measured 20.0 mm rain till this morning, with the maximum temperature at 27.6 degrees, 11 degrees below normal.

In Himachal Pradesh, Shimla was recorded the wettest place, with 41.6 mm rains, as active monsoon brought moderate to heavy rains in all mid and lower hills of the state during the last 24 hours. The day temperature across the state rose by a few degrees, while the night temperature fell owing to overnight rains in the state, with the capital city recording the day temperature at 21.5 degrees as compared to 19 degrees yesterday.

With two more deaths in Arunachal Pradesh today, the toll in Saturday's landslides at Itanagar and its adjoining areas has increased up to 17. The catastrophe washed away over 250 houses at the bank of the Dikrong river and property loss worth over several crores.

In Kerala, rain occurred only at a few places as the South West monsoon was weak over the state.

In Uttar Pradesh, however, the South-West monsoon showers lashed many parts of the state, resulting in a decline in the temperature.

Lucknow received moderate to rather heavy rains, while, light to moderate rainfall occurred at isolated places in Agra and Jhansi divisions.

A heavy afternoon shower threw life out of gear in the capital city of Assam with vast areas reeling under water, with all the low lying areas under water and occupants of at least 5000 houses evacuating to higher places.

Under the impact of the low pressure, rain has been lashing coastal and interior Orissa since yesterday. Due to the low pressure area formed over north west Bay of Bengal of Bangladesh coast extremely heavy rainfall of more than 25 cm would take place at isolated places over north Orissa during the next 48 hours.

Heavy rains lashed Delhi on the second day of the monsoon, maintaining the coolness in the air. Even though the humidity prevailed at a high level of 98 per cent, the showers and Westerly winds kept the maximum temperature at 28.6 degrees, eleven degrees below normal. A total of 32 mm rainfall was recorded till 0830 hrs.

In the regions where the south-west monsoon is yet to set in, the day temperatures were appreciably below normal in some parts of Rajasthan.

The southwest Monsoon has been subdued in Marathwada, Vidarbha, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.

Rain or thundershowers had occurred at most places in Jharkhand, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, coatal Karnataka, and at many places in Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, and at a few places in Meghalaya, Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, east Madhya Pradesh, and interior Karnataka. They had also occurred at isolated places in west Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat Region, Konkan and Goa, coastal Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Kerala and Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Mainly dry weather prevailed over sub-Himalayan West Bengal, Sikkim, Vidarbha, Saurashtra, Kutch, Marathwada, Rayalseema and Lakshadweep.

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