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Widespread showers in north; flood situation remains grim

delhi Updated: Jul 13, 2010 21:57 IST

Widespread rains drenched several parts of north India for another day on Tuesday as many villages in Punjab and Haryana remained submerged in flood waters while major rivers continued to swell in Uttar Pradesh.

In Punjab's Mansa district, flood water entered 22 more villages as Ghaggar river continued to overflow while life was affected in Ambala, Kurukshetra, Kaithal, Fatehabad and Sirsa in Haryana where low-lying areas continued to be inundated.

Amritsar was drenched by 55 mm of rains while Mallanwala recorded 52 mm, Madhopur 45 mm, Rohti 44 mm and Ferozepur City 38 mm. The downpour resulted in mercury settling up to four degrees below normal at most places in the region.

Hisar was the hottest place in the region at 35.8 deg C, two notches below normal, followed by Chandigarh 33.2 deg C, Patiala, Ambala and Amritsar an identical 32.9 degrees, which was four notches below normal.

Heavy rains also lashed Uttar Pradesh where major rivers are in spate. Water level of Ganga in Kannauj, Kanpur Dehat, Kanpur, Dalmau (Raebareli), Allahabad, Mirzapur and Ballia is nearing danger level while that of Yamuna in Mathura, Agra, Kalpi, Hamirpur, Banda and Naini (Allahabad) is rising.

Baghpat received the maximum 69 mm rainfall followed by Banda 53 mm, Bareilly 52.6 mm and Shahjahanpur 48.2 mm.

Meanwhile after a day of heavy rains, national capital Delhi on Tuesday received only meagre rainfall.

Vehicular movement in some parts of the city were affected for the second day on Tuesday due to water-logging, a spill over effect of last evening's heavy rains.

The city received 0.2 mm of rains for a period of 12 hours ending 8:30 am on Tuesday. Heavy rains, which lashed the city for about 90 minutes last evening measuring 51.4 mm, threw the traffic out of gear. 11 people, including two woman and three children, were killed in rain-related incidents on Monday.

The monsoon remained weak in Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh.

Most parts of the desert state, barring Dhlopur (48 MM), experienced dry weather on Tuesday. Sikar endured a hot day at 38.5 deg C followed by Jaipur and Bikaner at 37.4 degrees.

In Himachal Pradesh, Sundernagar was the wettest with 42.5 mm of rains, followed by Dharamsala 38.5 mm, Karsog 38 mm and Bhoranj 30 mm.

However, mercury rose in Shimla, Sundernagar, Mandi, Bhuntar and Dharamsala by three to eight degrees to settle at 24.3 deg C, 32.4 deg C, 32.9 deg C, 32.6 deg C and 25.8 deg C respectively.