Rains hit normal life in north India; 3 killed in UP, Assam
Rains pounded several parts of north India throwing life out of gear even as two persons died in a lightning strike in Uttar Pradesh's Banda while a man drowned in Assam's Karimganj district.
In Himachal Pradesh, widespread rains pounded several parts of the state, disrupting normal life even as the MeT department said monsoon would be delayed by another four to five days.
Sharp showers have inundated the Beas river and its tributaries, prompting the administration to issue a warning to residents. Paonta Sahib was the wettest place in the region, gauging 124 mm of rainfall in the past 24 hours.
Renuka recorded 54 mm of precipitation, Sangrah 49 mm, Kangra 39 mm, Kandaghat 32 mm, Dehragopipur 28 mm, Rajgarh 26 mm, Kheri and Saloni 24 mm each, Dharamshala 23 mm, Nahan 22 mm, and Manali 21 mm, Ghumarwin 20 mm, Bharwain 18 mm, Jubbal 17 mm, and Una, Ghamroor and Nagrota Surian 14 mm each.
The southwest monsoon advanced into more parts of south Rajasthan, leading to heavy showers at several places in Ajmer. A fresh spell of rains drenched a few places in Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Bharatpur and Kota.
Barmer recorded 64 mm of rainfall, Pilani 20 mm, Churu 5.6 mm, Dabok 3 mm and Bikaner 2 mm.
Back-to-back rains have led to a significant drop in the maximum temperature in the desert state, where the mercury normally soars up to 48 degrees Celsius in June. Most of the places in the state recorded their respective maximums in the mid-30s today.
Bikaner had a high of 37.5 degrees Celsius, Churu and Jaisalmer 37.2, Ganganagar 36, Jaipur 35.2 and Kota 34.2.
In Uttar Pradesh, Luvkush (18) and his cousin Sunil (22) were killed and two others, including a woman, received burn injuries when struck them in Chillaha village of Banda district yesterday, CO Naraini, Ajay Singh Chauhan said.
The 300-km long Jammu-Srinagar national highway was closed for vehicular traffic due to blockade triggered by landslides in the Ramban and Udhampur districts of Jammu and Kashmir.