Monsoon claims six lives in UP, triggers landslides in Uttarakhand

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NEW DELHI: Heavy rains continued in parts of northern India on Friday as monsoon activity led to landslides in Uttarkhand and loss of six lives in Uttar Pradesh.

Delhiites, however, experienced a hot and humid day as mercury climbed above normal levels to settle at 34.6 deg Celsius. The minimum was recorded at 26.5 degree Celsius.

The humidity oscillated between 63% and 93%. Six persons were killed in incidents of wall collapse in Hardoi and Jyotibaphule Nagar of Uttar Pradesh due to heavy rains and rivers Ganga, Ghagra and Sharda continued to flow above the danger mark posing flood threat to low-lying areas.

According to a Central Water Commission report, Ganga continued to flow above the danger mark in Ballia while Sharda is above the mark in Palliakalan (Kheri) and Ghagra is flowing above red mark at Elgin Bridge (Barabanki) and Ayodhya.

Torrential downpours lashed parts of Kangra, Mandi and Hamirpur districts of Himachal Pradesh with tributaries of river Beas breaching danger level at several places.

Dharamsla recorded 116.8 mm of rains till this morning, while Sujanpur in Hamirpur district recorded 100 mm.

Heavy showers were also received at Nagrota Suriyan (35mm) in Kangra and Sundernagar (22 mm) and Jogindernagar (17 mm) in Mandi district, MeT officials said.

One person was killed in landslides in Uttarakhand's Rudraprayag district as rains continued to lash most parts of the state.

The rains also increased water levels of rivers like Ganga, Yamuna, Kosi, Bindal, Rispana and Songh, besides disrupting Gangotri and Yamunotri pilgrimage.