Monday, November 29, 1999

Heavy rains in Gujarat``s Rajkot; hot conditions in north

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New Delhi, June 17 (PTI) The south-west monsoon today further advanced into central region with heavy rains lashing Gujarat''s Rajkot even as hot conditions prevailed in north India. The monsoon has progressed into parts of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh and Orissa. Three persons were killed in wall collapse incidents in Rajkot due to the downpour. In Mumbai, water started receding from low-lying areas after incessant rains for the past three days. However with the Met Office forecasting heavy rains again, the authorities served evacuation notices to residents of 876 buildings which were found to be in a dilapidated condition. Meanwhile, hot conditions prevailed in north India with the mercury showing a rising trend at many places. Rajasthan''s Sriganganagar was hottest in the region at 42.3 C. Elsewhere in the desert state, Kota endured a hot day at 41.9 C followed by Churu 41.8 C, Jaisalmer 41.1 C, Chittorgarh 40.5 C and Jaipur 40.2 degrees respectively. Light to moderate rainfall occurred at a few places in Udaipur, Jodhpur and Ajmer divisions and isolated places in Jaipur division since yesterday. In the national capital, hot conditions intensified with the day temperature settling at 41 C against 39.5 C yesterday. However the minimum dipped slightly to settle at 28.8 C against 29.1 degrees the previous day. In Himachal Pradesh, day temperature rose marginally in the plains while higher hills recorded moderate decrease in minimum temperature. Una remained the hottest in the region with the maximum rising to 40 degrees from 37.8 C yesterday. Similarly the maximum in capital Shimla settled at 25.8 degrees against 24 C yesterday. Kalpa in tribal Kinnaur district was coldest in the region with minimum temperature dropping to 6.2 C and the maximum settling at 16.5 degrees, seven notches below normal. Gohar in Mandi received 35 MM rainfall followed by Solooni 33 MM, Seobagh 26 MM, Sangla 17 MM, Theog 11 MM and Rohroo 10 MM. In Punjab and Haryana, Hisar was hottest at 42.2 degrees. Amritsar recorded a high of 39 degree Celsius, two notches below normal, while the maximum in Ambala and Patiala settled at an identical 38.6 degrees. Chandigarh had a high of 37.4 C. PTI TEAM.

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