Monsoon on in north, 7 killed in Uttarakhand

Written by PTI | New Delhi | Updated: Aug 17 2014, 03:02am hrs
Monsoon showers continued to lash parts of north India killing seven persons in landslides in Uttarakhand today.

In view of the water level of Rapti river in Uttar Pradesh rising above the danger mark, the Centre issued an alert cautioning authorities to be prepared.

Humidity rose to over 80 per cent in Delhi making life uneasy for people while rains in some parts of the city offered some relief.

The humidity levels were recorded between 52 and 81 per cent, according to the Met department.

The Ridge observatory recorded 1.8 mm rainfall while overcast conditions persisted in areas under Safdarjung, Palam and Ayanagar observatories.

The maximum temperature was recorded at 34.5 degrees Celsius, a notch above the normal, while the minimum was recorded at 26.2 degrees Celsius.

Seven persons, including a woman, were killed in Dehradun in Uttarakhand when three houses were buried in a landslide following heavy showers.

After the overnight rains, Dehradun awoke to a bright sunny morning today.

Light to moderate rain or thundershowers occurred at a few places over Uttar Pradesh with heavy to very heavy rain at isolated places in the state in the last 24 hours.

Turtipar, Balrampur recorded the most rainfall at 9 cm, followed by Kakardharighat, Utraulla, Salempur 8 cm, Gonda, Chanderdeepghat, Nazibabad 7 cm, Sambhal, Ballia, Ghazipur, Biswan 6 cm, Bahraich, Khalilabad, Baheri, Bisalpur 5 cm, and Ayodhya, Dharuhera, Sahabad, Powayan, and Sahjahanpur 4 cm.

Rapti river in Balrampur district of UP was flowing at a level of 104.79 mts with a rising trend, above the danger mark of 104.62 mts, according to a statement from Water Resources Ministry, which issued an alert to authorities to be prepared.

Light rains occurred in isolated places of Rajasthan which remained mainly dry.

Mount Abu (Sirohi), Sabla (Dungarpur) and Pratapgarh district recorded 1 cm rainfall till morning today since yesterday, Met department said, adding, Jodhpur received traces of rains today.

Mercury hovered around normal levels in Punjab and Haryana while a few areas received light rains.

Chandigarh recorded rainfall of 1.5 mm while its maximum settled at 34 degrees Celsius, the Met report said.

In Punjab, Amritsar experienced rainfall of 9 mm and had a high of 32.5 degrees Celsius while Ludhiana and Patiala recorded 33.5 and 33.4 degrees Celsius, respectively.

In Haryana, Ambala, Hisar, Karnal and Narnaul recorded maximums at 33.6, 36.3, 33 and 33 degrees Celsius, respectively.