Rain lashes north India, 3 dead in UP

Inclement weather forces Rajnath, Rahul to cancel trips

Three people, including a woman, were killed and several others injured in separate rain related incidents in Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday, even as the temperature witnessed a sharp fall.

The inclement weather also forced BJP chief Rajnath Singh and Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi to postpone their visits.

Three people were killed when the walls of their house caved in following heavy rain in the Kalyanpur area of Kanpur town, police said. Eleven people, including school children, were injured in Azamgarh district when a wall of the school building collapsed. Besides, three others were injured in Ghaziabad after their house caved in.

According to the Met office here, the state received moderate to heavy rain in the past 24 hours. Muzaffarnagar recorded the highest rainfall at 12 mm. The weather office has forecast rain in the next 24 hours.

Meanwhile, BJP chief Rajnath Singh's visit to the state capital was cancelled in view of the inclement weather. State BJP president Luxmikant Bajpai said the visit has been scheduled after a fortnight. Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi also cancelled his visit to Amethi, his Lok Sabha constituency. He will now visit Amethi on Thursday, party sources said.

Meanwhile, heavy rains lashed North India on Tuesday, breaking a five-decade-old record in Delhi and disrupting normal life, while a fresh bout of snowfall in the hill states cut off many high-altitude areas.

Heavy showers accompanied by thunderstorms started on Monday night in the national capital. Waterlogging led to traffic snarls. The Met department has predicted more rain in the next two days. The city received 50 mm of rainfall by 10 am on Tuesday. Met Director B P Yadav said: “It was the highest rainfall in 24 hours recorded in the month of February over the last 50 years.”

The minimum temperature was recorded at 13.5 degrees Celsius, five notches above normal, while the maximum was at 18.6 degrees Celsius, four degrees below normal.

Rain also lashed Punjab and Haryana, as well as the hill states of Jammu & Kashmir, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh, which received snowfall in the higher reaches. Night temperature across the Valley dipped further, with Srinagar recording 1.6 degrees Celsius.
In Himachal Pradesh, the higher reaches continued to receive heavy snowfall while the middle and lower reaches were lashed by intermittent heavy rain and sleet, accompanied by icy, strong velocity winds.
The heavy snowfall aggravated chances of an avalanche and the people in the high-altitude areas have been advised to stay indoors. The rain and sleet have triggered numerous landslides, which resulted in several interior areas being cut off from the rest of the state.
Chandigarh received 11.5 mm of rainfall and recorded a minimum of 13.1 degrees Celsius. Rajasthan, too, reported overnight showers with Pilani receiving 15.1mm rainfall.
DHNS & Agencies

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