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Thirteen killed as rain lashes U.P.

Thirteen people lost their lives as moderate to heavy rain lashed several areas of Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday even as the mercury settled above normal in parts of North India.

Reports reaching here said that six people were killed in Mirzapur, while three in Jaunpur, two in Pratapgarh and one each in Azamgarh and Hamirpur lost their lives in incidents of house collapse and lightning.

Adding to the woes of the people of the districts, located on the banks of Ganga and Yamuna, the rivers continued to maintain upward trend during its courses at several places.

A report said that over 2.50 lakh people were affected by flood waters in Chandauli district.

Meanwhile, light to moderate rainfall has occurred in the isolated areas of Rajasthan in the last 24 hours.

Jhalawar recorded the maximum rainfall in the State at 5 cm whereas Kishanganj in Baran recorded 4 cm rainfall till Tuesday morning, Met office said here.

Besides Kota division, few areas in Bharatpur and Udaipur also received mild showers.

With the monsoon remaining weak in Himachal Pradesh, dry weather conditions continued to prevail in most parts of the hilly State.

In Punjab and Haryana, mercury settled above normal in some areas of the region with high humidity levels compounding problems of the people. - PTI

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