It's raining calamity in U'khand, HP

Cloudburst, house collapse, landslides and flooding claim 23 lives across states

It's raining calamity in U'khand, HP

Twenty-three people were killed in rain-related incidents in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh as heavy showers wreaked havoc in the hill states even as humid conditions prevailed in most parts of north India on Friday.

Seventeen people were killed in separate incidents of cloudburst, house collapse and landslips in the Pauri, Dehradun and Pithoragarh districts of Uttarakhand, while six people died in Himachal Pradesh.

Heavy rain in Uttarakhand, including in the state capital, flooded several roads, cutting off nearly 250 residents of a village in Pauri district from the rest of the state and brought the water level in the Ganga to just half a metre below the danger mark at 340 metres at Ram Jhula in Rishikesh.

Fourteen casualties occurred in Pauri, two persons died in a landslip in the Kishanpur area on the outskirts of Dehradun and one drowned in an overflowing rain-fed stream in the Pithoragarh district, said officials.

While Dehradun recorded a maximum 120 mm of rainfall, the Rispana, Bindal and Jakhan rivers were in spate.

In Himachal Pradesh, incessant heavy monsoon rain, mostly in parts of Hamirpur and Una, disrupted normal life, leaving behind a trail of destruction.

Four members of family, including two minors, were swept away by the swirling waters of Kuhana Khud in Hamirpur, while another was buried in a landslide. Police also recovered the body of an unidentified youth.

A two-and-a-half-year-old girl was washed away by a swollen rivulet in Sainre village, and is still missing.

The rain triggered landslides at various places, and over 200 roads were blocked due to it.
Bangana in the Una district was wettest in the region, recording 160 mm of rain.

Meanwhile, pleasant winds added to the festive mood in Delhi on Independence Day as the national flag at the ramparts of the Red Fort fluttered in full glory.

With temperature remaining at comfortable levels, people thronged public places like Connaught Place and the India Gate lawns to celebrate the country’s 68th Independence Day.
The humidity hovered between 53 and 71 per cent.

The maximum temperature in the national capital settled down at 35.2 degrees Celsius, two notches above the season's average and marginally less from Thursday.

The minimum temperature was recorded at 27.6 degrees Celsius, one notch above normal.
While light to moderate rain was experienced at a few places in eastern Uttar Pradesh and at isolated places in western parts of the state, the weather was mainly dry in neighbouring Rajasthan, with only isolated areas receiving light rain.

In Punjab and Haryana, maximum temperatures hovered around the normal levels, while humid weather conditions persisted in both the states.

Amritsar, Ludhiana and Patiala of Punjab recorded the maximum 34.8 degrees C, 34 degrees C and 34.1 degrees C, respectively, while Bhiwani in Haryana recorded a high of 36.4 degrees C.
Union Territory Chandigarh received marginal rainfall of 0.8 mm, while the city's maximum was 31.5 degrees C.

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