Heavy rain continues to lash north

Heavy rain continues to lash north

Moderate to heavy rains lashed most parts of north India, causing rivers in Uttarakhand to flow close to the danger mark and bringing down maximum temperatures across the region.

Delhi, however, remained parched with just light showers in isolated areas which only increased the humidity that oscillated between 66 and 85 per cent making it uncomfortable for residents.

The maximum temperature in the national capital was recorded at 33.5 degrees Celsius, 2 degrees less than Monday’s, while the minimum settled at 26.8 degrees, normal for this time of the year, the MeT office said.

Heavy rain lashed most parts of Uttarakhand in the last 24 hours sending the Ganga river into spate even as roads to Himalayan shrines remained blocked stalling the Chardham yatra.

According to a bulletin of the Central Water Commission in Dehradun, the Ganga is flowing at its warning level of 293 metres in Haridwar whereas in Rishikesh, it is flowing very close to the warning level at 339.50 metres and  is still rising.

Meanwhile, Chardham yatra remained affected with roads to the famous Himalayan shrines of Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri blocked at a number of places.

Incessant rain has affected normal life in several districts of Rajasthan with Hadauti region covering Kota, Jhalawar, Baran districts receiving the heaviest downpour — 15 cm since Monday night.

Barring western regions of the state, including Barmer and Jaisalmer, moderate to heavy rains occurred at most places, the MeT department in Jaipur said. Moderate rainfall lashed some parts of Punjab and Haryana bringing down the maximum temperature in the region and easing the power situation in many areas.

At some places in the twin agrarian states, light to moderate rainfall started on Monday night and continued till Tuesday, local weather department said. While common capital Chandigarh was drenched by 16 mm of rainfall, Karnal received 14.6 mm of rain. 

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