6 die in Uttarakhand cloudbursts, rains bring down temperature in many states

A child died in Uttar Pradesh\'s Bijnore district as a wall fell on him during rains and thundershower.

Published: 29th May 2016 08:57 PM  |   Last Updated: 29th May 2016 08:57 PM   |  A+A-


NEW DELHI: Cloudbursts claimed six lives in Uttarakhand's Tehri and Uttarkashi districts while there were scattered rains in other northern states, Odisha and Bihar, bringing down the mercury.

A child died in Uttar Pradesh's Bijnore district as a wall fell on him during rains and thundershower. Isolated areas in the eastern part of the state received heavy rains. There were light overnight rains in the national capital too which led to a significant drop in the mercury. The city recorded a maximum temperature of 36.7 degrees Celsius, four notches below the season's average.

The Safdarjung observatory, reading of which is considered as the official figure for the city, received 0.4 mm rainfall till 8.30 AM.

The MeT department forecast partly cloudy sky in Delhi tomorrow. Dust storm and thunderstorm, accompanied by squall, is likely to occur. The maximum temperatures in other three metropolitan cities of Kolkata, Chennai and Mumbai were 36.1, 40.3, 35.4 degrees Celsius, respectively. In Rajasthan, isolated places of Jaipur division received light rains in the last 24 hours.

Churu, recording a maximum of 43.2 degrees Celsius, was the hottest, followed by Sriganganagar which recorded a high of 42.7 degrees Celsius, the MeT department said. Dust storm accompanied with light rains are expected to occur at isolated areas in the state during the next 24 hours.

Moderate to heavy rains lashed a few places in Haryana and Punjab following which maximum temperatures today dropped sharply. Chandigarh recorded a maximum of 33.2 degrees Celsius, down six notches against normal.

In Uttarakhand four persons, including three women, were swept away in incidents of mudslide when a series of cloudbursts hit several villages in Chinyalisaur at 5 PM and 10 PM yesterday, SDM Vijay Nath Shukla said.

The body of 14-year-old Bharti, of Kireth village, who was swept away by waters following the cloudburst yesterday was recovered today from Kothiyaada village in Tehri district, another official said.

A 15-year-old boy was yesterday killed as cloudbursts in Ghansali area damaged hundreds of houses in over half a dozen villages of Balganga Valley in the state. In Uttar Pradesh, Priyanshu (11), who had come to his maternal grandparents' home in Bijnore, was killed when a wall of the house fell on him following heavy rains.

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