Assam’s flood situation worsened affecting over one lakh people on Monday. The monsoon is expected to hit Delhi and its neighbouring areas in the next three to four days, even as sultry weather conditions prevailed in many northern states on Monday.
As the monsoon got active in parts of Madhya Pradesh, five persons were killed and two injured after being struck by lightning at three places in Chhindwara and Mandsaur districts since yesterday.
It was cloudy and sunny in patches in the national capital which witnessed sultry weather conditions, while the weatherman has predicted that the monsoon will arrive in Delhi and its neighbouring areas in the next three to four days.
The maximum temperature in Delhi settled at 38.6 degrees Celsius, a notch above the season’s average, while the humidity level oscillated between 75 and 49 per cent.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has also warned of “heavy to very heavy rains” at isolated places with “extremely heavy fall” at isolated places over Konkan and Goa.
“Monsoon should reach Delhi and the neighbouring parts in the next three to four days. Its advance over parts of Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh will happen during the same period,” said IMD Director General K J Ramesh.
The flood situation in Assam worsened as four new districts being inundated taking the total number of flood-hit districts to eight.
Lakhimpur, Karimganj, Jorhat, Karbi Anglong, Hojai, Golaghat, Sivasagar and Sonitpur districts have been a flooded affecting Over one lakh people, Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) report stated.
Altogether 170 hectare of agriculture land with standing crops have been submerged in flood water with Lakhimpur district being the worst hit, it said.
Eight relief camps have been set up with seven of them in Sonitpur district and one in Karimganj giving succour to a total over 11,700 flood-displaced people.
River Dhansiri at Numaligarh in Golaghat district and Katakhal river at Matazuri in Hailakandi district were flowing above the danger level.
Light to moderate rain occurred at many places in Rajasthan with Kotda in Udaipur registering maximum 5 cm rain since yesterday.
Churu was the hottest place in the state with a day temperature of 44.8 degrees Celsius even as it received 21.6 mm rains. Arthuna in Banswara recorded 4 cm rainfall while Jaipur and Ajmer registered 12.2 and 2.6 mm rain respectively.
Sultry weather conditions continued in most parts of Haryana and Punjab with their common capital Chandigarh recording a maximum temperature of 36 degrees Celsius, even as high humidity levels prevailed here.
However, various parts of Uttarakhand were lashed by heavy rains in the early hours bringing the much-needed relief from the muggy weather conditions.
Dehradun received 177 mm of rains followed by Mussoorie 150 mm, Ukhimath 137.5 mm and Jakholi 71.2 mm.
Similar weather condition is likely to continue over the next few days, the weatherman has said.
Hot and humid weather conditions prevailed across Bihar with Gaya recording the highest maximum temperature of 37.1 degrees Celsius followed by Bhagalpur 37 degrees Celsius, Patna 36.4 degrees Celsius and Purnea 35.5 degrees Celsius.
The southwest Monsoon has been active over Konkan and Goa, Telangana and Kerala.
Heavy rains are also expected at isolated places in Vidarbha region, north Bihar, Jharkhand, sub-Himalayan West Bengal, Sikkim, Odisha, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura.