Rains lash many areas in region
Chandigarh, Aug 8 (UNI) Monsoon rain lashed many areas in north-west India during the past 24 hours, providing respite from hot and humid weather conditions in the region.
Moderate rain pounded several areas in Punjab, including Shahpur Kandi, Patiala, Nangal, Amritsar and Madopur, near Pathankot, overnight. Both Amritsar and Patiala recorded 6.6 mm rainfall each while Ludhiana reported trace rain till 0830 hours.
Parts of Haryana also experienced rainfall. Kalka recorded 2.0 mm and Ambala 0.4 mm rain till this morning.
Moderate to heavy rain lashed many areas in Himachal Pradesh, including mid and lower hills, triggering fresh landslides and disrupting movement of vehicular traffic especially on link roads.
Landslides have also occured on the 320 km Hindustan-Tibet Raod and on the Chamba-Bharmaour and the Chamba-Tissa-Pangi roads.
However, the Chandigarh-Shimla and the Shimla-Manali roads were through for traffic.
Heavy rain, lashed Shimla and upper areas of the district. The capital town, which remained shrouded in fog, recorded 32.0 mm rain till this morning, followed by Sundernagar in Mandi district registering 29.3 mm, Sujanpur Tira in Kangra district 28.4 mm and Naudan in Hamirpur district 25 mm.
Bhuntar, Kahu, Guler, Gamroor, Pandoh, Kalpa, Rampur, Nagrota Surian, Chamba and Tisa areas in Himachal Pradesh also experienced rainfall.
All rivers, including the Sutlej, the Beas and the Ravi, and their tributaries flowing through the state are in spate. A general alert had already been sounded along the banks of Sutlej river in Kinnaur district and upper areas of Shimla district following rise in the water level in the Pareechu river recently.
Alert had been also sounded along the Ravi river in Amritsar and Gurdaspur districts in the wake of a sudden rise in the water level in the reservior of the Ranjit Sagar dam.
Chandigarh recorded a trace rainfall while the national capital of Delhi measured 0.8 mm rain till 0830 hours.
Rains also lashed some parts of Jammu and Kashmir with summer capital of Srinagar recording 6.4 mm rainfall while Jammu, the state's winter capital, recorded 0.3 mm rainfall till this morning.
Rain-related incidents in the region have claimed the lives of 15 people during the current monsoon season so far. Nine people have died in Himachal Pradesh, four in Haryana and two in Punjab.
Moderate to rather heavy rain or thundershowers will occur at most places in Himachal Pradesh and Punjab and few places in Haryana during the next 24 hours.
UNI VKJ SP RS1815