1 killed in building collapse in Himachal, massive landslide in Uttarakhand

The humidity levels oscillated between 81 and 69 per cent and nil rainfall was recorded.

Published: 17th August 2016 09:57 PM  |   Last Updated: 17th August 2016 09:57 PM   |  A+A-


NEW DELHI: Heavy rains resulted in the death of one person in a building collapse incident in Himachal Pradesh and triggered a massive landslide in Uttarakhand today.

In the national capital, it was a pleasant day with the mercury settling at two notches below normal.

"The maximum temperature was recorded at 31.5 degrees Celsius, two notches below normal while the minimum settled at 26.4 degrees Celsius, normal for this time of the year," a MeT official said.

The humidity levels oscillated between 81 and 69 per cent and nil rainfall was recorded.

In Himachal Pradesh, a 23-year-old man was killed while several others were still buried under the debris as a five-storeyed dilapidated building collapsed near Saraswati Nagar in Rohroo area of Shimla district following heavy rains.

Five persons who were rescued were admitted to hospital, SDM, Rohroo, Y P S Verma said, adding efforts are on to rescue the people trapped inside the collapsed building and help of NDRF has also been sought.

Moderate rains occurred in some parts of the state with Paonta Sahib being the wettest with 40 mm rains. Minimum temperatures dropped marginally and Keylong was the coldest with 10.2 degrees Celsius. Una was hottest in the region with maximum temperature of 35.6 degrees Celsius.

In Uttarakhand, a massive landslide occurred as a consequence of heavy rain near Do Gaon, 25 km from Nainital.

National Highway 87 connecting Nainital to Rampur remained closed for the whole day due to the landslide.

Traffic was diverted to Nainital via Bhimtal with a detour of extra 25 km. However, traffic on this road was also disrupted for few hours as there was a landslide on this route near Salari.

Since yesterday till this morning, Nainital received 218 mm of rainfall as per control room figures, affecting normal life.

In Uttar Pradesh, light to moderate rainfall was witnessed since yesterday.

According to MeT department, rainfall received in mm was Varanasi 31.4, Allahabad -11.4, Bahraich -12.8, Churk -17.6 and Najibabad 12.6.

In Bihar, light to moderate rainfall occurred in many places of the state since yesterday.

Heavy rainfall was witnessed in Nawada district which received 8 cm, Met office said.

Among major cities, Bhagalpur witnessed 3.0 mm rainfall followed by 1.7 mm in Gaya, 0.2 mm in Purnea while Patna witnessed no rainfall in the past 24 hours.

Purnea recorded the highest maximum temperature at 34.2 degrees Celsius among prominent cities followed by 34.1 degrees Celsius in Patna, 32.6 degrees Celsius in Bhagalpur and 32.5 degrees Celsius in Gaya.

Gaya remained the most humid place that recorded a maximum morning humidity level at 83 per cent.

The flood situation eased in Bihar with no district remaining under water, but the Ganga and five other rivers are flowing above the danger mark in some places.

With the well marked low pressure concentrating into a depression over Bay of Bengal, the IMD warned of very heavy rainfall coupled with gusty surface wind and rough sea in some areas of Odisha tomorrow.

Yesterday's well marked low pressure area over northwest Bay of Bengal concentrated into a depression over north Bay of Bengal about 220 km east-southeast of Balasore. The system is likely to move northwestwards initially, it said.

In Punjab and Haryana, maximum temperatures hovered around normal level in most parts of both the states.

Chandigarh recorded maximum temperature at 33.5 degrees Celsius, as per MeT department report.

Among other places in Punjab, Amritsar's maximum was 35.4 degrees Celsius while Ludhiana and Patiala recorded maximum at 34.6 degrees Celsius and 33.2 degrees Celsius, respectively.

Ludhiana received rainfall of 1.4 mm.

In Haryana, Ambala's maximum was 31.7 degrees Celsius, one degree below normal while Hisar and Karnal registered their maximums at 37.7 and 30.2 degrees Celsius, respectively.

Hisar received rainfall of 5 mm.

In West Bengal, the MeT department forecast heavy rain in most districts of south Bengal, including the metropolis, till tomorrow as the result of a deep depression near the coastal town of Digha in the southern tip of West Bengal.

While many districts in south Bengal experienced moderate rain and gusty wind since morning owing to the deep depression, Digha recorded the highest rainfall at 38.6 mm.

Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea owing to rough conditions.

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