Mercury rises in northwest, 7 killed in UP

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New Delhi, Jun 17 (UNI) Seven people were killed in Uttar Pradesh in monsoon-related incidents in the past 24 hours as sultry conditions made a comeback in the North West today.

Even as the weather continued to be pleasant with south-west monsoon showers, incessant rains, since the last three days, was raising the Ghagra's water level by 25 mm per hour, affecting as many as 30 villages, posing a deluge threat to the denizens of many districts in Uttar Pradesh.

In the past 24 hours, as many as seven people lost their lives in the rain-related incidents in Jaunpur and Mirzapur.

Moderate to rather heavy rainfall occurred at most places in many areas, including Lucknow. The highest rainfall, in the last 24 hours, was recorded in Jhansi at 7 cm, followed by Kanpur 6 cm, Allahabad and Rae Bareli 5 cm each.

Hot and humid weather conditions prevailed in North West India, even as isolated areas in the region were lashed by rain overnight.

In Punjab, the maximum rose at Amritsar recording 36.8 degrees, Celsius, three degrees below normal, while the temperature settled at 34.6 degrees at Patiala and Ludhina, six degrees down.

The temperature also rose in Haryana, with Ambala recording 35.8 degrees, three degrees below normal. Hissar and Karnal, which were lashed by rain overnight, registered 35.3 degrees and 33.8 degrees, respectively.

The mercury also rose at Chandigarh, which recorded 34.2 degrees, five degrees below normal, although the city experienced showers last night.

An active monsoon brought more rains to all the mid and lower hills of Himachal Pradesh during the last 24 hours. Shimla recorded 21 mm and another 5.2 mm during the day. While the minimum temperature across the state rose to 16.6 degrees as against 15.7 degrees recorded yesterday, the maximum temperature at Shimla remained stationary at 21.5 degrees.

Srinagar and its adjoining areas witnessed heavy rains last evening, disrupting normal life. A number of areas in the uptown remained submerged for several hours due to rain water because of faulty drainage system. The water level in the river Jhelum and its tributaries has also increased. However, the temperatures increased in Jammu and Kashmir as Srinagar, the state's summer capital, recorded 31.4 degrees, two degree above normal and Jammu, the winter capital, registered 36.8 degrees, four degrees below normal.

Sultry weather conditions today returned to Delhi, with a high humidity level of 98 per cent and a rise in the mercury to 33.9 degrees. The Capital city received a total of 44 mm rainfall since Sunday, when the South West Monsoon arrived in the city, two weeks earlier than its scheduled date.

In Andhra Pradesh, yesterday's depression over north Bay of Bengal have moved in a northerly direction and crossed the Bangladesh coast early today lying centered at about 130 km east south east of Kolkata.

The railway authorities were forced to short-terminate or re-schedule several trains due to severe waterlogging caused by heavy rainfall in Howrah and Kharagpur divisions in West Bengal and in North Orissa.

Heavy rains have occurred at few places in Assam and Meghalaya.

Rain or thundershowers have occurred at most places in Jharkhand, Bihar, Kerala, many places in Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Sikkim, east and west Madhya Pradesh, few places in east Rajasthan, coastal Karnataka, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, isolated places in Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Konkan, Goa, Madhya Maharashtra, coastal Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, north interior and south interior Karnataka and Lakshadweep.

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