13 killed in rain-related incidents; showers bring relief to some states

13 killed in rain-related incidents;  showers bring relief to some states

Thirteen people were killed across the country in lightening- and rain-related incidents as showers in many states brought relief from the sweltering heat.

It was a pleasant day in the national capital with overcast skies resulting in a drop in the maximum temperature to 37.2 degrees Celsius, three notches below the season’s average. The minimum temperature was pegged at 26 degrees Celsius. Several places in the city also recorded light showers.

Wall collapse 
Several parts of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh experienced heavy rain. Overnight downpour caused a wall collapse in Baddi in Himachal Pradesh, and in Punjab’s Moga district, leading to the death of at least 10 people in separate rain-related accidents.

At least 15 people were injured. Eight migrant labourers and their family members died after an industrial wall collapsed in the early hours in Baddi.

Temperature in many parts of Haryana, Punjab and capital city Chandigarh plummeted nearly 10 degrees.
The mercury dipped across Rajasthan due to western disturbances and rain. Three members of a family, including a woman, were killed as lightning struck a tree under which they had taken shelter in Jhalawar district.

Maximum temperature fell by one to five notches at most places , with Kota being the hottest in the state at 41.5 degrees Celsius.

In Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district, a man and his daughter were killed when lightning struck a high-altitude grazing field during rain on Tuesday night.

Electrocuted
Three persons, including a teenage boy and his sister, were electrocuted in two separate incidents in Tamil Nadu where it rained in many places.

The weatherman predicted more downpour in the next 24 to 48 hours. Chennai continued to reel under severe heat conditions with the temperature touching 42 degrees.

Light to moderate rainfall was witnessed in different parts of Bihar. Normally, the onset of monsoon in Bihar is in the third week of June.

“A cyclonic circulation over Bihar and Jharkhand and a trough line passing through central Bihar have created favourable conditions for clouding and rainfall throughout Bihar for the next couple of days,” said weather scientist Anand Shankar.

The maximum temperature came down from 36 degrees Celsius to 29 degrees Celsius.

North Konkan region and Konkan-Goa belt of Maharashtra are expected to receive heavy rainfall over the weekend, signalling the setting in of the southwest monsoon. 

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