Monsoon remains active in Haryana, HP

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Chandigarh, Jul 9 (UNI) The monsoon remained active in Haryana and Himachal Pradesh, causing widespread rain at many places in north-west India since last night.

Rains pounded isolated areas of Punjab and many areas in Haryana and Himachal Pradesh, triggering fresh landslides in the hilly state.

Moderate to heavy rain lashed many areas in Haryana, turning Narnaul as the wettest place in the state, recording 70.0 mm downpour till this morning. Gurgaon and Nuh measured 60 mm each, Karnal, Bhivani and Bahadurgarh 50 mm each, Hodel, Palwal, Jagadhri and Balabgarh 30 mm each, Shahbad 20 mm and Faridabad, Hansi and Nelokheri 10 mm each. Ambala, Hissar and Rohtak also had rainfall.

Rain lashed some areas in Punjab overnight with Balachour receiving 40 mm rainfall. Ludhiana and Patiala also experienced rain.

Moderate to heavy rain lashed many areas in Himachal Pradesh, including mid and lower hills, triggering fresh landslides in the state.

All rivers, including the Beas, Sutlej and the Ravi and their tributaries flowing through the state were in spate.

Heavy rain pounded Dharamsala, headquarters of Kangra district, making the town the wettest place in the state, recording 50 mm rainfall, followed by Sujanpur Tira rgistering 30 mm downpour.

Moderate rain lashed Shimla and its adjoining areas with the capital town recording 16.8 mm downpour overnight. Upper areas of Shimla district, including tourist places of Wildflower Hall, Kufri, Naldehra and Narkanda, also had rainfall forcing tourists to stay indoors. Pandoh, Rampur, Suni, Sundernagar, Manali, Kasol and Una also experienced moderate rainfall.

There was however,no rainfall in Chandigarh and its adjoining areas even as the city remained enveloped in monsoon clouds.

The Met Office predicted moderate to heavy rain or thundershowers at many places in Himachal Pradesh and Haryana and few places in Punjab during the next 24 hours.

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