13 die due to heat, 6 due to rain, monsoon eludes Delhi, MP
New Delhi, July 7 (UNI) The toll due to intense heat wave conditions in Rajasthan reached 38 today with 13 more deaths while six people lost their lives in rain related incidents in Ahmedabad during the last 24 hours.
Eight deaths were reported from Jaisalmer, three from Jodhpur, and one each in Barmer and Bikaner.
Of the six monsoon-related deaths in Ahmedabad, a mother-son duo fell into a ditch in the Pump house area of Jamnagar city.
Nearly 6000 people, who were shifted from low-lying areas in Navsari in Gujarat are returning to their homes after the situation improved.
Navsari, which was worst affected, was returning to normalcy as waters have receded in Poorna and Kaveri rivers, which were flowing above the danger mark yesterday.
The situation is normal and today both the rivers were flowing below the danger mark, district officials said.
Monsoon eluded the people of Delhi and Madhya Pradesh today also.
Weathermen attributed delay in the arrival of monsoon to a weakening of the system during its movement towards Northwest India.
The national capital registered a maximum temperature of 40.4 degrees Celsius while the minimum was 27.2 degrees.
According to the met office, the well marked low pressure area that had built up over southwest Madhya Pradesh on July 5, has further weakened and now lies over south Rajasthan as a feeble low pressure area.
The weakening of the system was likely to reduce rainfall over Maharashtra (including Mumbai) and Gujarat.
Monsoon in Himachal Pradesh remained weak for the third day today as light showers lashed isolated places of the state during the last 24 hours, while humidity levels remained high, the Met office said.
Though unusual, heat wave conditions prevailed in Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, as there was no sign of monsoon with both the minimum and maximum temperatures up by several degrees from normal.
Srinagar yesterday recorded 34.3 degrees, four degrees above normal.
However, the hill station of Pahalgham and other tourist resorts remained by and large cold, much to the delight of tourists.
The southwest monsoon has been active in Asom and Meghalaya, Sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim and Saurashtra and Kutch.
In the regions where the southwest monsoon is yet to set in, day temperatures were above normal in Haryana and west Rajasthan and they were normal in Punjab and remaining parts of east Rajasthan.
In West Bengal, there was no respite for people as the humidity level remained constant at 90-95 per cent.
Extremely heavy rains have occured at most places in Sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim. Heavy rains have occured at most places in Saurashtra and Kutch and at many places in Assam and Meghalaya and madhya Maharashtra and at few places in Arunachal Pradesh.
Meanwhile, a central team will visit Kerala on July 11 for an on-the-spot study of the losses in the pre-monsoon fury that caused widespread damage to property and death of 120 people across the state.
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