New Delhi: Heavy rains caused flash floods in parts of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu region and disrupted normal life on Monday, while the death toll due to lightning in several states rose to 71, including 42 in Uttar Pradesh. Are included. However, Southwest Monsoon rains, which covered most parts of North India, affected Delhi and parts of Haryana. In 2002, the monsoon reached Delhi on 19 July. Since then this is the most delayed monsoon in the city.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued an orange alert for Rajasthan and Jammu and Kashmir and a yellow alert for Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh with heavy rain for Tuesday. The IMD has four color-coded warnings based on the intensity of the extreme weather event and issues them in ascending order of green, yellow, orange and red.
In Himachal Pradesh’s Dharamsala, a flash flood caused by heavy rains washed away cars and two buildings, videos of which were widely shared on social media. Due to the closure of the Kangra airport in Gaggal due to bad weather, flash floods damaged several buildings, including a government school.
The district administration directed the tourists to postpone their visit to the hill town in view of the heavy rains, which also disrupted the traffic on the Mandi-Pathankot highway. In Jammu’s Kathua region, 11 people belonging to a nomadic community were rescued after flash floods triggered by heavy rains affected normal life and inundated many areas. However, many farm animals were swept away.
Heavy floods disrupted traffic movement on the Pathankot-Jammu highway, while heavy rains led to a rise in water levels in major rivers in Jammu, including Tawi. Six people, including two minors, were killed and 11 others were injured in separate incidents of lightning in parts of Madhya Pradesh. The death toll due to lightning in Uttar Pradesh has risen to 42.
Officials said that maximum 14 people died in Allahabad, followed by five deaths each in Kanpur Dehat and Fatehpur. The death toll in separate incidents of lightning on Sunday rose to 23 in Rajasthan, including 12 in Jaipur. Twenty-seven people were also injured in those incidents.
The southwest monsoon rains reached the desert districts of Jaisalmer and Ganganagar, which were its last outposts, but Delhi and parts of Haryana received rain, though the periphery of the national capital – Aligarh in Uttar Pradesh and Karnal in Haryana. . The morning was humid in the national capital with the minimum temperature settling at 27 degrees Celsius, while the maximum temperature settled at 37.7 degrees Celsius. The relative humidity was recorded at 55 per cent at 5.30 pm. Delhi is likely to remain generally cloudy with chances of light rain on Tuesday.
“With the continuous spread of moist easterly winds from the Bay of Bengal in the lower levels for the past three days, cloudy and scattered to fairly widespread rainfall during the last 24 hours, the Southwest Monsoon has advanced and most Covered parts of Rajasthan and Punjab and some more parts of Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh on July 12,” the Met office said.
IMD Director General Mrityunjay Mohapatra said that the southwest monsoon clouds have been hovering over the national capital since Saturday even as the wind direction has changed and the easterly winds have turned moist.
As the rains continued in Delhi, the IMD said the failure of numerical models to predict the advance of monsoon over the capital this time is “rare and unusual”.
Several parts of Punjab and neighboring Haryana also received rain on Monday, bringing respite from the sultry weather and ending the long dry period. The mercury also rose a few degrees.
“The southwest monsoon has advanced further and is covering most parts of Punjab and many parts of Haryana,” an IMD official said.
Amritsar in Punjab received heavy (56 mm) of rain during the day, Ambala, Panchkula, Karnal and Yamunanagar in Haryana received rain.
Light to moderate rain occurred at a few places over East Uttar Pradesh and at isolated places over western parts of the state. Rain was recorded in Kannauj, Allahabad, Jalaun, Siddharth Nagar, Shravasti, Gorakhpur, Kanpur, Hardoi, Farrukhabad, Agra, Maharajganj, Balrampur, Pratapgarh, Jaunpur, Hamirpur and Shahjahanpur.
It also rained in many parts of Rajasthan, with Kota receiving 2.7 mm of rain. Other places receiving rainfall are Sriganganagar (2.2 mm) followed by Bhilwara with 2.0 mm and Barmer with 0.2 mm.
The IMD has issued an orange alert for Rajasthan and Jammu and Kashmir and a yellow alert for Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh with heavy rain for Tuesday.
A red alert has been issued for Konkan and Goa and Madhya Maharashtra, while an orange alert has been issued for Gujarat, parts of Karnataka, Maharashtra and Assam. It has also issued a yellow alert for Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, parts of West Bengal and Kerala.
After the resumption of Southwest Monsoon, many parts of the country received heavy rains, while some witnessed scattered thunderstorms and light.