Advancing Monsoon has wreaked havoc across North India. While heavy rains created chaos in Delhi NCR region, Punjab, Himachal and Aryana, flood like situations prevailed in parts of Assam, Gujarat and Rajasthan, especially in Jodhpur.
In Jodhpur, the heavy downpour caused flood-like situation, with vehicles being swept away with strong current on roads. A man who was travelling on his two-wheeler was also swept away and is search operations to locate him were still on.
In other parts of the state, Neem Ka Thana in Sikar and Malsisar in Jhunjhunu recorded 7 cm and 5 cm rains respectively till Saturday morning since Friday. Behror in Alwar and Mount Abu in Sirohi registered 4 cm rainfall during his period while Dabok in Udaipur and Ajmer received 4 mm and 0.5 mm rains since this morning, the MeT department said. In the 24 hours, heavy rainfall occurred at isolated areas in Bikaner, Jodhpur and Jaipur division while light to moderate rains occurred many parts of the state.
Sharp showers pounded Tankara taluka of Gurjarat’s Morbi district in a short span of time. The rainwater breached several check dams, leading to heavy water-logging. Tankara gauged a massive 280 mm of rainfall in the last 24 hours. Teams of the disaster management department with the help of National Disaster Response Force personnel rescued around 14 people stranded in floodwaters in the district.
Suigam taluka in Banaskantha, Kodinar taluka in Gir Somnath and Kalyanpur in Devbhoomi Dwarka received 110 mm of rainfall overnight, which led to traffic snarls. Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said the state’s disaster management authority has been put on alert to tackle any emergency situation. The low-lying areas in Ahmedabad are waterlogged. The city recorded 31 mm of rainfall. The IMD has warned of “heavy to very heavy” rains in Gujarat in the next three days.
Heavy incessant rain leads to flood like situation in Gujarat's Patan pic.twitter.com/P2OY1EMoG0— ANI (@ANI_news) July 2, 2017
In Assam, floods have affected more than 2.68 lakh people in Barpeta, Lakhimpur, Jorhat, Karimganj, Cachar, Dhemaji, Karbi Anglong and Biswanath districts. The Assam State Disaster Management Authority’s report said 453 villages have been inundated and over 5,272 hectares of crop area damaged by the swirling flood waters. Karimganj is the worst hit with 1.53 lakh sufferers. 76,000 people have been affected in Lakhimpur. 5,670 people have taken shelter in 269 relief camps set up in four districts.
Jammu and Kashmir
A 17-year-old youth was killed after a cloudburst struck a village in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Friday night. Meanwhile, the 300-km-long Jammu-Srinagar national highway, the only all-weather road connecting the Valley to the rest of India, was reopened on Saturday for vehicular traffic after a day-long closure due to rainfall-induced landslides in Ramban and Udhampur districts of Jammu and Kashmir. The MeT office has predicted moderate to heavy rains and thundershowers in the mid and lower hills, and snow and rains in the higher reaches up to July 7.
The southwest monsoon on Saturday arrived in Kinnaur, Lahaul and Spiti, Kullu and Mandi and parts of Sirmaur, Shimla, Kangra and Chamba districts as the MeT said it will advance in remaining parts of Himachal Pradesh in the next few days. The state received 21 per cent excess rain and all districts except Bilaspur, Chamba, Mandi and Hamirpur had above average rains except.
Una, Kullu and Sirmaur districts recorded 88 per cent, 82 per cent and 71 per cent rainfall above normal. The three districts received 142.5 mm, 156.5 mm and 262.8 mm of rains, respectively. Kangra recorded 46 per cent excess rain followed by Shimla at 35 per cent and Solan 34 at per cent while Hamirpur and Bilaspur had 9 per cent less rainfall.
Himachal Pradesh: Visuals of heavy rain in Shimla (1.7.17) pic.twitter.com/NHIYbkVJpk— ANI (@ANI_news) July 2, 2017
The state received widespread rains triggering landslides at some places and the Manali-Leh road was blocked near Koksar as level of water in rivulets rose alarmingly, flooding the road. Border Road Organisation is diverting the water from the road to restore traffic movement.
The MeT office has predicted moderate to heavy rains and thundershowers in mid and lower hills and snow and rain in high hills upto July 7. Gaggal with 39 mm of rains was the wettest in the region in the past 24 hours.
The southwest monsoon advanced into the remaining parts of Bihar. Heavy and very heavy showers drenched northern Bihar, while the southern part of the state received light to moderate rainfall in the last 24 hours. Patna gauged 0.7 mm of precipitation, Gaya 0.6 mm and Purnea and 7.7 mm. Humidity levels soared up to 100 per cent in Patna, Gaya, Bhagalpur and Purnea.
A fresh spell of rains and a cloud cover thereafter kept the heat at bay in the national capital.
Several parts of the city gauged rainfall between 9.8 mm and 15.9 mm. It had a high of 35.1 degrees Celsius and a low of 25.4 degrees Celsius. Light rains and thundershowers are likely tomorrow.
It was another wet day for Punjab and Haryana. Rains over the last two-three days have arrested the rise of the mercury in the region.
Manipur: Waterlogging due to incessant rain in Imphal pic.twitter.com/wz4AucRpvB— ANI (@ANI_news) July 2, 2017
The maximum temperature in the two states remained below the normal levels and was recorded in the mid 30s at most of the places.
The weatherman has predicted very heavy rains in Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, sub-Himalayan West Bengal, Sikkim, Bihar and eastern Uttar Pradesh.A downpour is “very likely” in Arunachal Pradesh, Gangetic West Bengal, Odisha, Jharkhand, west Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Gujarat, Goa, Chhattisgarh and coastal Karnataka.