Monsoon covers entire country; flood situation eases in Madhya Pradesh

IMD in Uttarakhand has issued a heavy rain alert for one or two places in Uttarkashi, Dehradun, Rudraprayag and Chamoli


Rains also lashed the national capital which kept the mercury within comfortable range but pushed humidity levels up. Photo: Hindustan Times
Rains also lashed the national capital which kept the mercury within comfortable range but pushed humidity levels up. Photo: Hindustan Times

New Delhi: Life is limping back to normalcy in flood-ravaged parts of Madhya Pradesh even as heavy rains lashed some places in Rajasthan, central Maharashtra and New Delhi as the southwest monsoon advanced in remaining parts of Arabian sea and Kutch area to cover entire country.

At least six places in Rajasthan received precipitation in excess of 13 cms. Rains also lashed the national capital which kept the mercury within comfortable range but pushed humidity levels up (between 63-91%) making life difficult for Delhiites.

The Safdarjung observatory recorded 16.3 mm of rainfall between 8.30am and 5.30pm while weather stations at Palam, Lodhi Road, Ayanagar and Ridge recorded 10 mm, 21.6 mm, 38 mm and traces of rain respectively during the same period.

The flood situation in Assam remained unchanged in the deluge hit Lakhimpur, Golaghat, Morigaon, Barpeta, Biswanath and Jorhat districts where 1.11 lakh people are affected.

An IMD bulletin said the southwest monsoon has advanced into remaining parts of north Arabian Sea, Kutch and West Rajasthan thus it has covered the entire country today.

The MeT department in Uttarakhand has issued a heavy rain alert for one or two places in Uttarkashi, Dehradun, Rudraprayag, Chamoli, Pithoragarh, Bageshwar, Almora, Nainital and Champawat district and asked chardham yatris to remain watchful during the 72-hour period beginning tomorrow evening.

In Rajasthan, Galiakot town of Dungarpur district recorded 20 cm rainfall in the 24 hours ending this morning. Dungarpur town recorded 15 cm rains while Arnod (Pratapgarh), Arthuna (Banswara), Chikali (Dungarpur), Dungla (Chittorgarh) and Railmagra (Rajsamand) recorded 13 cm each during that period, according to Met department in the state.

In Punjab and Haryana, the monsoon, which has been subdued after its onset in the two states about 10 days back, is likely to pick up the pace and good rains are expected in the next two-three days.

In the absence of widespread rains so far, the maximum temperatures have been settling in the range of 35-37 degrees Celsius at most places in the two states.

The MeT department in Himachal Pradesh has warned of heavy rains in several parts of the state during next three days as the axis of monsoon trough is likely to shift northwards close to foothills of Himalayas during in the next two days.

In Bihar, though cloudy sky prevailed, rain gave a miss to all parts of the state but Purnea received 13.3 mm of rainfall during the day. Patna remained the hottest place with maximum temperature at 35.1 degrees Celsius.

West Bengal today witnessed a generally overcast sky with rainfalls in some places including in Birbhum district (82.6mm), Bankura (33.7 mm) and Asansol (33.3 mm). In Kolkata, the day temperature rose up to 33.1 degrees Celsius.

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