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Water, water everywhere: An inundated ‘chaupal’ after heavy rain in Gurgaon on Thursday.
Water, water everywhere: An inundated ‘chaupal’ after heavy rain in Gurgaon on Thursday.

NEW DELHI: Heavy rain across the country on Thursday affected normal life in several regions and created flood like situations in others .

In West Bengal’s Arambagh block, two sisters were washed away by flood waters from Malaypur. In Hooghly district, which has been badly affected, IAF helicopters dropped about 10 tonnes of relief in Pursura and Khanakul areas.

Rail track caves in

In Bihar, heavy rain caused a portion of the track on the down-line in the Barauni-Kathihar section to cave in, disrupting train operations for a while. Nine feet of railway track between Pasraha and Narainpur railway stations was washed away leading to several trains running behind schedule between 15 and 45 minutes.

In the northern region, the Char Dham Yatra in Uttarakhand was suspended after incessant rain triggered landslides at several places on the highways to the shrines.

Landslides struck roads and highways at several places en route to Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri, according to the Disaster Management and Mitigation Centre in Dehradun.

Widespread showers lashed the State during the past 24 hours with Dehra Dun recording 102.5 mm rainfall, Mukteshwar 94.1 mm and Dharchula in Kumaon 60 mm.

The higher reaches of Garhwal and Kumaon Himalayas have also been receiving snowfall for the past two days, bringing cold-like conditions in the State.

In Punjab and Haryana, incessant rain flooded several low-lying areas and disrupted power supply in many. . Attendance was low at many schools in rural regions and there is fear of the rain damaging wheat stocks lying in the open.

According to weatherman, Ambala recorded 131.7 mm of rain, Chandigarh 106 mm, Rohtak 38 mm, Patiala 71.2 mm and Hisar 15.1 mm.

UP rivers in spate

Lucknow: With moderate to heavy rain lashing several parts of Uttar Pradesh during the past 24 hours, major rivers including the Ganga have started swelling in some districts of the State, official sources said here on Thursday.

According to the Central Water Commission, the Ganga was rising in Mirzapur, Varanasi, Ghazipur and Ballia, whereas the Ramganga was swelling at Kalagarh in Bijnore district and Dari in Shahjahanpur.

Gomti, Yamuna rising

While the Gomti was rising at Neemsar in Sitapur, the Yamuna was rising in Auraiya and the Naini in Allahabad, the Sharda in Pallia Kalan and Shardanagar in Kheri district whereas the Ghaghra, which had played havoc in several districts of eastern UP, was rising in Ballia.

The Meteorological Department has forecast heavy rain in some parts of the State in the next 24 hours. - PTI

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