Rain lashes north, east as 2 killed in Assam

Rain lashes north, east as 2 killed in Assam

Moderate rain lashed Delhi and some areas of Rajasthan on Saturday, though maximum temperatures stayed above normal in most parts of northern India.

Rain since early morning and overcast skies throughout the day kept the temperatures within comfortable levels in the national capital, though extreme humidity, which wavered between 65 and 90 per cent, nullified the pleasant effect.

Isolated places in Rajasthan’s Udaipur division witnessed moderate downpour, with Ghatol (Banswara) and Pratapgarh recording 8 and 7 cm rain respectively till Saturday morning. Alwar recorded 5 cm whereas other places recorded 1-4 cm rain during this period. Light showers were seen in Jaipur, Churu, Ajmer, Chittorgarh and Kota.

Meanwhile, several parts of Odisha received medium to heavy rain for the second consecutive day on Saturday, triggered by a well-marked low pressure in the Bay of Bengal.

The local Met office said the showers would continue for at least another two days, but the low pressure is likely to cross over to the land, weaken and move to the interior parts.

Jharsuguda in western Odisha received the maximum rainfall of 15 mm on Saturday, while Gopalpur in the south of the state recorded 7 mm. In the last 24 hours though, Balasore in the north saw maximum rains of 6.8 mm.

The weather office has also warned fishermen to be cautious while venturing into the sea, as it would remain rough for the next 48 hours along the Odisha coastline.

Two people died on Saturday as the flood situation in Assam remained unchanged, with over 16 lakh people being affected in 18 districts, said officials with the State Disaster Management Authority.

With two deaths in Barpeta and Sivasagar districts on Saturday, the toll in the floods since August 18 reached 20, said the officials.

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