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Heavy rains in India: Yamuna water level recedes, 14 killed in rain-related incidents in UP

Fourteen people were killed in rain-related incidents in Uttar Pradesh, even as water-level in the Yamuna river in Delhi started receding today, while most parts of north India experienced clear skies.


PTI Last Updated at 01 Aug 2018, 21:08 IST India

Fourteen people were killed in rain-related incidents in Uttar Pradesh, even as water-level in the Yamuna river in Delhi started receding today, while most parts of north India experienced clear skies.

In Uttar Pradesh, the death toll in rain-related incidents has reached 148 since July 1 and the number of that injured is 122, state officials said.

Most of the deaths occurred due to wall and house collapse, uprooting of trees, electrocution and caving-in of land, they said, adding that 14 people were killed and seven others injured in different parts of the state in the past 24 hours.

Over 177 cattle also died and as many as 1,185 houses damaged during the period from July 1, according to Relief Commissioner Sanjay Kumar.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed senior officials of all the districts to alert people and asked them to undertake extensive tours of the affected areas and identify dilapidated buildings and get them vacated, a government spokesperson said here.

He also directed officials to provide immediate financial and medical assistance to people severely affected by rains.

The meteorological (Met) office has forecast more rain and thundershowers at most places in the eastern parts of the state and at many places in west Uttar Pradesh tomorrow.

The Sharda river is flowing above the danger mark in Paliakalan (Lakhimpur) and near the mark at Sharda Nagar (Kheri), while the Ghagra river was above the red mark at Elgin Bridge (Barabanki) and at Ayodhya (Faizabad), according to a Central Water Commission report.

The water level of the Ganga river is rising in Kanpur Dehat, Kanpur, Raebareli, Garhmukteshwar, Mirzapur, Fafamau (Allahabad), Ghazipur and Ballia, the Yamuna is flowing above the danger mark in Mathura. It was also rising in Agra and Eetawah, it said.

However, in Delhi, the water level in the Yamuna river started receding, a day after it rose to its highest danger level in the last five years, officials said.

The water level dropped to 204.80 metres around 4 pm today and is expected to recede further, according to an official of the Delhi Irrigation and Flood Control Department.

Till 4 pm, 4,000 cusecs water was released by the Hathni Kund Barrage and yesterday, at 8 pm, the river was flowing at 206.05 metres at the Old Yamuna Bridge which has been closed for vehicular traffic.

The overflowing water of the Yamuna river entered some houses in low-lying areas of Burari in north Delhi yesterday, officials said.

So far, a total of 13,915 people have been moved to safer places due to the water levels. They have been accommodated in 1,461 tents and temporary shelters, where they are being provided food and medical help.

Mainly clear skies prevailed in the national capital with the maximum temperature being recorded at 35.5 degrees Celsius, a notch above the season's average.

In Punjab and Haryana, the maximum temperatures hovered around normal levels.

Chandigarh, the joint capital of both states, recorded a maximum of 34.7 degree Celsius, as per Met department report.

The Met has forecast rain or thundershowers at isolated to few places in Haryana and Punjab over the next two days.

In Rajasthan, too, the weather mostly remained dry. There was no rain in state capital Jaipur or any of the major cities of the desert state.

Kufri in Himachal Pradesh's Shimla district was the coldest place as Monsoon remained less active during the last 24 hours, the Meteorological Centre Shimla said.

The minimum temperature in Kufri was12.4 degrees Celsius followed by 12.7 in Keylong, 13.4 in Kalpa and 13.6 degrees in Manali.

In West Bengal, the Met department has forecast heavy rain in the state till Friday morning owing to a cyclonic circulation over south Bangladesh and adjoining Gangetic West Bengal and an active Monsoon trough.

The weatherman has forecast widespread rainfall in the state with heavy rain likely in most districts till tomorrow and in the northern districts up to Friday.

Heavy to very heavy rain has also been predicted at isolated places in Assam and Meghalaya. Heavy rain at isolated places is very likely in Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland-Manipur-Mizoram-Tripura, Sikkim, Odisha, Jharkhand, Bihar, northeast Madhya Pradesh, north Chhattisgarh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


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