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Situation grim in U.P. with major rivers overflowing at many places

Wrath of monsoon: Uttarakhand Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank tackles a stream at the cloudburst site near Sahasradhara which claimed five lives in Dehra Dun on Tuesday. – PHOTO: Virender Singh Negi
Wrath of monsoon: Uttarakhand Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank tackles a stream at the cloudburst site near Sahasradhara which claimed five lives in Dehra Dun on Tuesday. – PHOTO: Virender Singh Negi

A re-invigorated monsoon swamped large parts of North India and Central India on Tuesday killing 11 people while a sudden downpour in Delhi gave volunteers a tough time draining out water from fasting Anna Hazare's dais at Ramlila Maidan.

Five persons perished in Uttarakhand and three each in Uttar Pradesh and Chhattisgarh even as the mercury hovered close to normal levels at many places in the region.

The national Capital's maximum temperature settled at 34.5 degrees, a notch above normal, while the minimum was 26.1 degrees, usual for this time of the year, said the India Meteorological Department.

Three children were drowned as the flood situation remained grim in Uttar Pradesh with major rivers overflowing at a number of places across the State.

Three boys, aged between 12 and 15 years, were drowned in Jalalabad area of Shahjahanpur district, officials said.

The Ganga was flowing above the danger mark at Fatehgarh, Ballia and Gumtia (Kannauj) while the Ramganga and the Yamuna had crossed the red mark at Dabri in Shahjahanpur and Mathura respectively.

The Ghaghara, which had flooded a number of villages in Gonda and Barabanki districts, was flowing above the danger level at Elgin Bridge, Ayodhya and Turtipar in Ballia. In Uttarakhand, five labourers were killed when the building in which they were sleeping collapsed during a cloudburst in a village here, police said.

Three more persons died and as many were injured when lightning struck Chhatisgarh's Gariaband area, officials said.

Meanwhile, light to moderate rainfall lashed a few places in Haryana and Punjab with the mercury hovering close to normal levels.

The pilgrimage to Gangotri shrine remained suspended for the third consecutive day in Uttarakhand as the landslide-hit national highway was yet to be cleared completely, officials said.

In Himachal Pradesh, due to heavy release of water from the Pong Dam reservoir more than 25 villages of Nurpur and Jwali sub-divisions in Kangra were affected.

At least 10 villages had been turned into “islands”, Deputy Commissioner (Kangra) R. S. Gupta said.

The weather in Rajasthan remained dry barring a few areas which received light rain. - PTI


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