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Weather Today Highlights: 3 children die in Rajasthan after vehicles swept away in water currents

At least 14 people have died due to wall collapse or electrocution and nearly 2.5 lakh have been displaced in six districts of West Bengal as heavy rain, water discharged from dams flood the state

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: August 4, 2021 11:56:50 am
Rajasthan: No respite for Hadoti yet as heavy rainfall to continueA waterlogged area outside a school during heavy monsoon rain, in Ajmer, Sunday, Aug. 1, 2021. (PTI File Photo)

Three children have died after two vehicles were swept away in strong water currents following rains in Rajasthan’s Sawaimadhopur and Tonk, police said on Tuesday.

In the first incident on Monday night, two children drowned in a drain after their car was swept away in strong water currents in Sawaimadhopur district. According to police, Pappu Lal along with his three sons and a relative was travelling in a car and tried to cross the drain despite high water level. “The car swept away in water. Ramjilal, his elder son and the relative were rescued while bodies of his two minor sons–Man Singh (13) and Raunak (9)–were found stuck in bushes on Tuesday,” police said.

In a similar incident in Rajasthan’s Tonk on Tuesday, an ambulance carrying a woman’s body was washed away in strong currents following rains, which killed her 12-year-old son Ankit. Her husband, Ramjilal (45), is also missing. The incident took place near Siras village when the ambulance going from Jaipur to Tonk carrying the body of Geeta Devi (42) was washed away in strong water currents, Barauni SHO Datar Singh said.

Meanwhile, at least 14 people died due to wall collapse or electrocution and nearly 2.5 lakh were displaced in six districts of West Bengal, where discharge of water from Damodar Valley Corporation dams, followed by heavy rain, has flooded  streets and homes, a senior official said. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is likely to conduct an aerial survey of two of the six flood-affected districts of the state on Wednesday to take stock of the situation.

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At least 7 dead, 2.5 lakh displaced from homes due to floods in West Bengal; IMD says current rainfall activity likely to continue over North India. Follow this space for the latest updates.

22:32 (IST)03 Aug 2021
Heavy rains swamp Gwalior-Chambal region; 1,600 rescued, over 1,100 villages hit

Torrential rains pummeled the Gwalior-Chambal region in Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday, affecting 1,171 villages, especially Sheopur and Shivpuri districts, officials said, adding NDRF and SDRF teams have rescued 1,600 people from flooded areas so far but at least 200 villages are still marooned.

Earlier in the day, three people stranded atop a tree for about 24 hours in Beechi village and five others in Piproudha in flood-hit Shivpuri district, which witnessed "unprecedented heavy rains", were rescued, officials said. (PTI)

21:49 (IST)03 Aug 2021
Two killed, one missing as car falls into overflowing pond in Rajasthan's Kota

Two men died while another went missing as their car fell into an overflowing pond in Rajasthan's quota on Tuesday, police said.

Five people were travelling in the car when the accident took place on the Kota-Itawa mega highway near Dhanwa village under the Sultanpur police station. Two of the five friends somehow managed to swim out of the pond while the search operation for the person, identified as Keshav, is still underway. The dead were identified as Pawan Dhakad (30) and Pankaj Suman (26), police said.

Sub-Inspector Vijendra Singh said five friends from Kishanganj village were returning home by car after celebrating Pawan Dhakad's birthday when around 2 am, the car driver lost balance in an attempt to save a stray cattle. The car overturned and plunged into a roadside pond overflowing due to rain. Pawan and Pankaj were killed on the spot while Keshav went missing. Prashant (18) and Anup (19) somehow managed to swim out of it, he added. (PTI)

21:09 (IST)03 Aug 2021
Temperatures remain below normal in Haryana, Punjab

The maximum temperatures on Tuesday hovered below normal limits at most places in Haryana and Punjab.

According to the Meteorological Department here, Chandigarh (2.4 mm), Ambala (1 mm), Ludhiana (28 mm) and Patiala (30.8 mm) were among other places to receive rainfall. Ambala in Haryana recorded a maximum temperature of 30.1 degrees Celsius, while Hisar registered a high of 32 deg C.

The maximum temperature in Rohtak settled at 33.6 deg C while Bhiwani registered a high of 33.3 deg C. Karnal registered a high of 31.6 deg C. Gurgaon registered a high of 32.8 deg C.

Chandigarh, common capital of the two states, which was lashed by rains, recorded a maximum temperature of 31.4 deg C. In Punjab, Amritsar recorded a maximum of 35 deg C. Ludhiana recorded a high of 29.2 deg C, while Patiala's maximum settled at 30.8 deg C. Faridkot recorded maximum temperature of 34 deg C. (PTI)

20:30 (IST)03 Aug 2021
3 children die after two vehicles swept away in water currents in Rajasthan

Three children died after two vehicles were swept away in strong water currents following rains in Rajasthan's Sawaimadhopur and Tonk, police said on Tuesday.

In the first incident on Monday night, two children drowned in a drain after their car was swept away in strong water currents in Sawaimadhopur district.

According to police, Pappu Lal along with his three sons and a relative was travelling in a car and tried to cross the drain despite high water level. 'The car swept away in water. Ramjilal, his elder son and the relative were rescued while bodies of his two minor sons--Man Singh (13) and Raunak (9)--were found stuck in bushes on Tuesday,' police said.

In a similar incident in Rajasthan's Tonk on Tuesday, an ambulance carrying a woman's body was washed away in strong currents following rains, which killed her 12-year-old son. Her husband is also missing. The incident took place near Siras village when the ambulance going from Jaipur to Tonk carrying the body of Geeta Devi (42) was washed away in strong water currents, Barauni SHO Datar Singh said. Twelve-year-old Ankit died while her husband Ramjilal (45) is missing, he said. The ambulance driver and a relative came out of the vehicle after breaking its window, the SHO said, adding both were taken out safely by an SDRF team. (PTI)

20:17 (IST)03 Aug 2021
Mamata likely to conduct aerial survey of flood-hit areas of Bengal

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is likely to conduct an aerial survey of two of the six flood-affected districts of the state on Wednesday to take stock of the situation, a source in the state secretariat said.

At least 14 people died due to wall collapse or electrocution and nearly 2.5 lakh got displaced in six districts of West Bengal, where water released from the Damodar Valley Corporation dams (DVC) and heavy rain late last week have inundated streets and hamlets. (PTI)

19:19 (IST)03 Aug 2021
Stretch of Gangotri NH caves in following landslide, traffic diverted

A stretch of Gangotri national highway caved in on Tuesday following a landslide triggered by heavy rains disrupting vehicular traffic along the route. The 30-metre stretch fell and slid into Bhagirathi river bringing traffic to a halt, District Disaster Management Officer Devendra Patwal said.

It has been raining heavily in the district for nearly 15 days activating several landslide zones from Nagun to Harshil. The cave-in also endangered a tunnel being built by the National Highway Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited as part of the all-weather road project along the highway. However, SDM Bhatwari Devendra Negi, the District Disaster Management Officer and SHO Vinod Thapliyal rushed to the spot and diverted the traffic through Manera bypass. (PTI)

19:12 (IST)03 Aug 2021
Heavy rains leave roads submerged in several parts of Rajasthan's Tonk

Heavy rains left roads submerged with water entering shops and houses in several parts of Tonk, Rajasthan.

17:52 (IST)03 Aug 2021
Post monsoon season, PWD to carry out overhaul of major roads in Delhi

The Public Works Department (PWD) in Delhi will carry out complete overhaul of major city roads after the monsoon season gets over, officials said on Tuesday. According to PWD officials, the move is aimed at "improving health" of roads which gets deteriorated during rainy season due to extensive waterlogging and high-intensity rainfall.

A major portion of the road beneath IIT flyover on Outer Ring Road had caved in on Saturday due to leakage of an underground Delhi Jal Board (DJB) pipeline. The department had worked overnight to repair the stretch and allow vehicular traffic on the road. (PTI)

16:53 (IST)03 Aug 2021
Heavy rains lash Rajasthan's Baran, flood-like situation in large parts of district

Residential areas were inundated, houses collapsed and hundreds of people were evacuated from several villages in low-lying areas in Rajasthan's Baran as heavy rains lashed the district for the second consecutive day on Tuesday. A flood-like situation was seen in the district's worst-hit Shahabad and Kishanganj blocks.

Shahabad block received 246 mm of rainfall in the 24 hours ending at 7 am on Tuesday and a further 60 mm of rain was recorded till 11 am, inundating several colonies in the low-lying areas, Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Rahul Malhotra said.

Around 700 people have so far been evacuated from villages in the low-lying areas and shifted to Atal Seva Kendras and school buildings. They have been provided with adequate food, he said.  All residents of Nonera village, which is the worst hit in the block, have been evacuated, he added.

Several 'kaccha' houses have collapsed due to the incessant rain. However, no casualties have been reported so far, Malhotra said. (PTI)

16:49 (IST)03 Aug 2021
Maha govt sanctions Rs 11,500 crore for flood victims, repair works

The Maharashtra government on Tuesday sanctioned a sum of Rs 11,500 crore for providing immediate assistance to rain and flood-affected people and to carry out repair works of infrastructure damaged in the deluge last month.

In a statement, the government said apart from providing immediate relief, a part of the Rs 11,500 crore package will be spent on repair works and taking some long-term measures to address issues related to flood prevention and mitigation. (PTI)

14:33 (IST)03 Aug 2021
Madhya Pradesh: 1,171 villages affected due to heavy rain and floods, says CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan Tuesday said around 1,171 villages in Shivpuri, Sheopur, Datia, Gwalior, Bhind and Rewa areas have been affected due to heavy rain and floods, news agency ANI reported.

Chouhan said rescue operations by Air Force will commence once weather improves.

"NDRF and SDRF teams have rescued 1,600 people till date, along with 11 by Air Force. 70 SDRF teams are engaged in rescue operations. We have requested for more teams. 200 villages have been surrounded. Our ministers are in contact. I want to reassure people stuck in floods," Chouhan said.

12:04 (IST)03 Aug 2021
Madhya Pradesh rains: 5 rescued in flood-hit Shivpuri, efforts on to save 3 people stranded atop tree

Five people were rescued from a flood-hit village in Madhya Pradesh's Shivpuri district on Tuesday morning while efforts were on to save three others stranded on a tree following heavy rains in the area since the last two days, officials said, PTI reported.

On Monday, defence aircraft were pressed into service to evacuate people from some flood-affected villages in Shivpuri.

However, because of the heavy rains and bad weather in the district on Tuesday, the aircraft are unable to fly for the rescue operations, the officials said.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan was in constant touch with the administrations of rain-affected Shivpuri, Sheopur, Bhind and Datia districts and keeping a watch on the situation, they said.

"Five people were rescued this morning from Piproudha village in Shivpuri, while efforts are on to save three others stranded on a tree in a flooded area nearby," an official from the state administration said.

10:58 (IST)03 Aug 2021
Delhi gets relief from heavy rains as light showers predicted this week

Wet spells over the national capital appeared to have subsided on Monday, though light rain and overcast skies remain on the India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast for Tuesday.

The city has mostly remained dry since Monday evening. After heavy spells of rain in parts of Delhi last week, rainfall that had been in the forecast for Monday was only seen in a few places. The Safdarjung station, for instance, recorded only traces of rainfall between 8.30 a.m. on Monday and 8.30 a.m. on Tuesday, while Palam registered 18.1 mm, the Ridge saw 4.4 mm of rain, and the Aya Nagar station recorded 5 mm.

10:39 (IST)03 Aug 2021
Cloudy skies, light rain over Pune post noon: IMD

Pune will witness cloudy skies towards afternoon hours and could experience light intensity rain on Tuesday.

The southwest monsoon is not active over Maharashtra. The maximum temperature on Tuesday is expected to be 29 degrees and the recorded minimum temperature around 22 degrees Celsius.

Very light rain measured in traces was recorded over the city during the past 24-hours.

There are no significant weather systems active over Pune district, which means that rainfall will remain subdued for most days this week, the India Meteorological Department has forecast.

10:39 (IST)03 Aug 2021
Cloudy skies, light rain over Pune post noon: IMD

Pune will witness cloudy skies towards afternoon hours and could experience light intensity rain on Tuesday.

The southwest monsoon is not active over Maharashtra. The maximum temperature on Tuesday is expected to be 29 degrees and the recorded minimum temperature around 22 degrees Celsius.

Very light rain measured in traces was recorded over the city during the past 24-hours.

There are no significant weather systems active over Pune district, which means that rainfall will remain subdued for most days this week, the India Meteorological Department has forecast.

22:38 (IST)02 Aug 2021
Widespread downpour takes Rajasthan from deficit rainfall category to normal within week

Widespread rainfall in Rajasthan has pushed the desert state from the deficit rainfall category to that of normal rainfall within a week, with 14 out of its 33 districts receiving normal downpour and 10 witnessing excess rains. Last Monday, the state was under the deficit rainfall category but heavy to extremely heavy rainfall during the past few days has improved the situation. The normal rainfall in Rajasthan from June 1 to August 2 is 263.08 mm. This year, the state has recorded 262.57 mm rainfall during this period, according to a report of the Water Resources department. With this, now 14 districts of Ajmer, Banswara, Bikaner, Bundi, Chittorgarh, Dausa, Jaipur, Jhalawar, Jhunjhunu, Nagaur, Pali, Rajsamand, Sikar and Tonk are under the normal rainfall category. With 61.02 per cent more rainfall, Sawai Madhopur is under the abnormal rainfall category, while no district has come in the scanty rains category. Ten districts that recorded excess rainfall are Alwar, Baran, Bharatpur, Churu, Dholpur, Hanumangarh, Jaisalmer, Karauli, Kota and Pratapgarh. --PTI

21:35 (IST)02 Aug 2021
Moderate rains, thundershower at many places in UP

With the southwest monsoon remaining active across Uttar Pradesh, moderate to heavy rains accompanied by thundershowers occurred at many places in the state, the meteorological department said here on Monday. Rainfall of 17 cm was recorded at Tehrauli (Jhansi), 11 cm at Mahroni (Lalitpur), 9 cm each at Kulpahar (Mahoba) and Chilaghat (Jhansi), Beberu (Banda), Dhaurahara (Kheri) and 7 cm each at Talbehat (Lalitpur), Mauranipur (Jhansi), Mahoba, Banda and Nautanwa (Maharajganj), it said. The highest maximum temperature over the state was 35.7 degrees Celsius recorded at Lakhimpur Kheri observatory while the lowest minimum temperature in the state was 19.6 degrees Celsius recorded at Etawah observatory. The Met department has forecast rain and thundershowers at few places over on Tuesday. --PTI

21:16 (IST)02 Aug 2021
Permanent solution needed to prevent recurring floods in Maha: CM

With heavy rains last month causing deluge in parts of Maharashtra, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Monday underlined the need to find a "permanent solution" and taking stringent steps to prevent frequent floods in the state. The chief minister reached the flood-hit Sangli district in western Maharashtra where he visited Bhilwadi, Ankalkhop, Kasbe-Digraj and various other areas to take stock of the situation, and reviewed steps taken by the administration towards flood management. "We have to work on two fronts - providing immediate relief to people affected by floods, and that work is going on. The administration acted in advance and evacuated people to safety," he said. --PTI

21:15 (IST)02 Aug 2021
Rains pound many areas in MP; defence aircraft launch rescue operations in 3 flood-hit villages

Defence aircraft Monday launched operations to rescue people stranded in some flood-hit villages in Shivpuri district of Madhya Pradesh as heavy rains continued to lash parts of the state, especially Shivpuri and neighbouring Sheopur districts, news agency PTI reported. Nearly 60 people, who were stuck in a flooded building near the Vijaypur bus stand in Sheopur district, were rescued after over seven hours. They had gone to Vijapur to attend a marriage on Sunday night, but got stuck as floodwaters entered the premises, officials said.

16:07 (IST)02 Aug 2021
Delhi: Water level in Yamuna recedes, but still above 'warning' mark

The water level in the Yamuna in Delhi receded slightly on Monday but was still above the warning mark of 204.5 metres, as widespread rains continued in the upper catchment areas of the river, officials said. The administration has been keeping a close watch on the situation as more rains are expected in the region in the next three to four days. The water level was recorded at 204.87 metres at the Old Railway Bridge at 3 pm. It was 205.30 metres at 8 pm on Sunday, according to the flood control room. Till Sunday morning, over 100 families living in the Yamuna floodplains had been moved to higher areas, an official said. --PTI

Weather Today LIVE updates: 7 dead, 2.5 lakh displaced from homes as floods hit Bengal districts Vehicles wade through a waterlogged road during rain in Kolkata, Friday, July 30, 2021. (PTI Photo)

In its latest bulletin issued at 8 am on Tuesday,  the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said fairly widespread rain is likely to occur over Madhya Pradesh during Aug 3-6. It said widespread rain is likely to continue over east Rajasthan during the same time period.

The current spell of scattered to fairly widespread rain is very likely to continue over rest of north India with heavy falls over Uttarakhand and west Uttar Pradesh during the next 5 days. Isolated falls have been predicted over Haryana during the next 3 days and Himachal Pradesh during Aug 4-5.

Meanwhile, three people including a couple died on Monday as lightning struck them in West Bengal's Birbhum district, police said, PTI reported.

They were working on an agricultural field in Santoshpur village under Nalhati police station. When it started raining, the three took shelter in an abandoned hut which was struck by lightning killing them. Of the three deceased, Jagannath Tudu and his wife Sumi Tudu were residents of Santoshpur, while Dilu Hembram hailed from Jharkhand, police said. The bodies were sent for post-mortem examination.

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