Heavy rains in UP, Bengal, Meghalaya; 12 dead

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NEW DELHI: Monsoon on Wednesday continued to wreak havoc as heavy rains triggered floods, landslides and claimed at least twelve lives in northern and eastern India.

Eight persons were killed in Uttar Pradesh, two each in West Bengal and Meghalaya, official reports said.

Heavy downpours left eight persons dead in Uttar Pradesh where major rivers are on the verge of flooding hundreds of villages.

The release of flood waters from Nepal has worsened the situation with Ganga, Sharda, Ramganga, Yamuna and Ghagra flowing above the danger mark in several places, a Central Water Commission report said.

Torrential rains have left a trail of destruction in Western Meghalaya triggering flash floods and landslides that claimed two more lives.

Two more persons were killed on Wednesday and another was said to be missing in heavy rains since Sunday, the sources said adding that the landslide toll climbed to six after one person died last night at West Garo hills.

Over 5,000 people from Selsella and Garobadha areas were displaced as Ganol and Jinjiram rivers overflowed, inundating large tracts in West Garo Hills district.

Mercury stayed below normal level in the plains of Punjab and Haryana after the region was lashed by heavy rains. The MeT has forecast light to moderate rain or thunder showers at isolated places in the two states on Thursday.

Some parts of Himachal Pradesh received moderate rainfall but day temperature rose considerably in the state. Nagrota Suriyan in Kangra was wettest in the hill state with 74 mm of rains, followed by Manali 66 mm and Jubbal 65 mm.

The 126 MW Larjji power house on Beas River and 60 MW project on Rangri Nallah were shut down due to heavy silt carried by flash-floods.

According to the MeT, Himachal Pradesh received 160 per cent excess rainfall during the week ending yesterday.

Light to moderate rainfall occurred at many places in Ajmer, Jaipur, Kota Udaipur and Bharatpur divisions in the morning.

Isolated places in Jodhpur division also received light rains during the period, but most of the places in the state remained mainly dry till evening.