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Rains lash parts of country, landslide strands 400 in HP

Many states received rains on Wednesday with persistent downpours triggering a landslide in Himachal Pradesh that left around 400 people stranded while five persons were killed in a lightning strike in Madhya Pradesh.

In Assam, over one lakh people in Lakhimpur, Jorhat, Karimganj, Karbi Anglong, Cachar, Golaghat, Sivasagar and Sonitpur districts were affected by floods.

The four major rivers of the state are still flowing above the danger level and nearly 1.13 hectare of agricultural land, with standing crops, has been submerged in flood water.

In Himachal Pradesh, around 400 persons were stranded for several hours after the Manali-Leh National Highway was about 50 km ahead of Keylong, due to landslide triggered by heavy rains in the state. Teams of the Border Roads Organisation and Lahaul and Spiti district administration rushed to the spot and the blockade was cleared this afternoon after about 10 hours.

Rains lashed the national capital bringing much needed respite from sultry weather conditions experienced over the last few days.

The Safdarjung observatory, recording of which is considered official for the city, received 15.6 mm rains till the evening while areas under Palam, Lodhi Road, Ridge and Ayanagar recorded 5.8 mm, 16 mm, 1.2 mm and 0.7 mm rainfall. The maximum temperature settled at 35 degrees Celsius while the humidity level oscillated between 100 and 65 per cent.

The southwest monsoon advanced over parts of Rajasthan where many places were lashed by rains since Tuesday.

Light to heavy rainfall was recorded in most places of east Rajasthan and at a few places in the western parts of the state.

Talera in Bundi recorded 9 cm rains while Nathdwara in Rajsamand recorded 8 cm rainfall till this morning. Due to the rains, the mercury dipped by several notches and Jaisalmer was the hottest with 36 degrees Celsius followed by 34.4 degrees Celsius each in Kota and Barmer.

The monsoon is likely to hit Punjab and Haryana by Friday even as widespread rains lashed both the states.

Karnal in Haryana, received heavy rainfall of 140.4 mm and the maximum temperature settled close to 25 degrees Celsius. Ambala received light rains and the maximum temperature dropped by nine notches against normal to settle at 27.8 degrees Celsius.

In Punjab's Amritsar, the maximum temperature dropped by 11 notches and settled at 27 degrees Celsius after being lashed by showers.
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