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Rain triggers landslides in Himachal


New Delhi: Rain kept the mercury below normal levels on Thursday in most parts of North India and triggered landslides in Himachal Pradesh, disrupting traffic on highways and link roads in the hill State.

The maximum temperatures stayed below normal at most places in Punjab and Haryana after rain lashed the two States. Chandigarh recorded a day temperature of 33.5 degrees Celsius, down five notches, said the weatherman.

In Haryana, Karnal recorded a maximum of 33.8 degrees, down four notches, while Ambala registered 33.7 degrees, down four degrees.

In neighbouring Punjab, Ludhiana's maximum settled five degrees below normal at 35.9 degrees while Patiala recorded a high of 34.5 degrees, down three notches.

Several parts of Himachal Pradesh were lashed by heavy rain which triggered landslides at numerous places, disrupting traffic on highways and link roads in the State.

Traffic on the Hamipur-Bilaspur-Shimla road was badly disrupted due to landslides and long traffic jams at landslide points caused inconvenience to commuters.

The Leh-Manali national highway remained closed for the third day on Thursday due to damage to large stretch of road near Rani Nullah, 5 km from Rohtang Pass.

The maximum temperatures dropped by three to four degrees due to intermittent rain and cloudy weather.

Una in Shivalik foothills recorded a day temperature of 34.2 degrees, five degree below normal. Mehre in Hamirpur district was the wettest in the region with 174 mm of rain while Amb received 92 mm, Nadauan 80 mm, Bangana 77 mm and Pachhad 51 mm, respectively.

In Uttar Pradesh, light to moderate rain and thundershowers lashed a few places in Faizabad, Kanpur, Jhansi, Moradabad, Gorakhpur, Varanasi, Agra and Meerut divisions though the weather remained mainly dry in the remaining divisions.

Day temperatures dropped due to rain in Agra, Jhansi, Moradabad, Allahabad, Kanpur, Meerut, Varanasi, Lucknow and Bareilly divisions.

Meanwhile, Sriganganagar remained the hottest place in Rajasthan with a maximum temperature of 43.2 degrees followed by Churu at 42.5 degrees.

Bikaner, Barmer and Jaisalmer recorded a maximum of 41, 40 and 39.7 degrees respectively, while other places also recorded day temperatures ranging from 39.2 to 34.8 degrees. - PTI

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