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Monsoon gains momentum; 21 killed in rain-related incidents in Uttarakhand, UP, Rajasthanl, Assam

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New Delhi: At least 21 people were killed in rain-related incidents in Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Assam with monsoon gaining momentum in several parts of North and Northeast India.

At least 10 people were killed in Uttarakhand in rain-related incidents. Four persons lost their lives in Tehri district as their car was hit by debris falling from a hillside in the wake of a landslide. Two others were killed in Uttarkashi district when a tree fell on their house following heavy rains in the area.

Incessant rains sent the Ganga, Yamuna and their tributaries into spate with all of them including the Bhagirathi, Alaknanda and Mandakini flowing close to the danger mark, prompting authorities to evacuate people living there. Heavy rains are likely to continue in the state for another 24 hours especially in Udhamsingh Nagar, Haridwar and Dehradun districts where extremely heavy rains are expected at a couple of places during the period, state MeT office said.

The national capital witnessed light rains, keeping the mercury within comfortable levels with the maximum temperature at 30.1 degrees Celsius, five notches below the normal.

According to the India Meteorological Department, 2.5 mm rainfall was recorded between 8.30 AM and 5.30 PM at Safdarjung observatory while weather stations at Lodhi Road, and Ridge recorded 2.6 mm and 0.6 mm rainfall respectively.

The minimum temperature settled at 26.4 degree Celsius, one notch below the normal and humidity level oscillated between 81 and 97 % in Delhi.

Several parts of UP received over 10 cms rainfall, even as the weather department predicted rain and thunder showers at many places in the state on Monday.

Overnight showers have wreaked havoc in most parts Aligarh and Mathura with a large number of houses getting water-logged.

In Bijnor’s Nahtor area, two sisters, aged 30 and 32 years, were killed after the roof of their house collapsed on them due to heavy rains.

A minor and a 40-year-old woman died in Muzaffarnagar and Mathura respectively due to house collapse. A 25-year-old man died in lightning-strike in Balrampur, while three persons were electrocuted in Aligarh after coming in contact with a live wire as they were trying to pump out rain waters from their house.

Widespread rains lashed Punjab and Haryana, causing mercury to dip by a few notches. Many places in Punjab including Patiala, Ludhiana received rains which dropped the temperature by several notches, giving relief to residents from the hot and humid conditions.

Rains also pounded many places in Haryana including Yamunanagar, Narwana, Hisar, Ambala, Karnal and Gurgaon.

In Assam, flood situation remained serious as one person lost his life and nearly 1.77 lakh people were affected across seven districts in the state.

According to Assam State Disaster Management Authority, one person died at Narayanpur in Lakhimpur district being swept away in swirling flood waters.

The ASDMA spokesman said nearly 1.77 lakh people are reeling under flood in 267 villages across Lakhimpur, Golaghat, Morigaon, Jorhat, Dhemaji, Biswanath and Sivasagar districts. Over 13,3000 hectares of crop land are under water at this moment in the state.

An elderly woman and her minor grandson were killed when a portion of their house collapsed in Rajasthan’s Karauli district due to heavy rainfall.

Heavy to very heavy rainfall has affected normal life in Karauli, where several people have been shifted to safer places by teams of district administration and police.

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