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Heavy rain lashes North India, 8 killed

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August 01, 2010 20:10 IST
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Eight people were killed as heavy rains lashed most parts of north India for yet another day on Sunday with Uttarakhand bearing the brunt of it as a record 48-hour downpour in the hill state threw normal life out of gear washing out several roads and affecting traffic.

While incessant showers claimed six lives in Uttarakhand, two persons died in rain-related incidents across neighbouring Uttar Pradesh where major rivers continued to swell creating flood-like situation in various districts, official sources said.

Heavy rains which began to lash Dehradun on Friday morning submerged houses in various localities and left the streets waterlogged before ceasing today.

Several important roads were washed out in the 48 hours of rains which broke a 44-year-old record, official sources said.

A vital stretch of Raipur-Chamba road was also washed away due to heavy floods in the river Song in Dehra Dun. HESCO Gaon, a model village in Shuklapur area, was also hit badly by floods in the river Asan.

Authorities have issued an alert to nearby border districts of Muzaffarnagar and Bijnor in Uttar Pradesh after the Ganga crossed the danger level in Haridwar yesterday inundating a large number of villages in the district and destroying crops.

However, officials in Dehradun said water levels in major rivers including the Ganga have started receding since the rains stopped.

Traffic to Chardham tourist circuit comprising Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri shrines was also affected due to landslides at a number of places, they said.

Heavy rains lashed Delhi for the second consecutive day bringing the mercury down but with thinner traffic on roads due to the weekend no traffic snarls were reported from anywhere in the national capital.

Overnight rains brought the maximum temperature to 29.6 degrees Celsius, while the minimum was recorded at 24 degrees Celsius, three degrees below normal.

Rains poured heavily in parts of Rajasthan too with Chittorgarh receiving the maximum rainfall of 128 mm followed by Churu which got 69 mm of rains.

An evening downpour in Jaipur caused water-logging in several areas disrupting traffic. Heavy rains lashed a few places in Haryana and Punjab as well causing the mercury to drop by a few notches.

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