Monsoon finally arrives in north India, drought-hit parts of India

Light to heavy rains occured in parts of the country today bringing some relief for people from heat even as 13 people, including nine minors, were killed in rain-related incidents in Uttar Pradesh. In Delhi, it was a very humid day with mercury settling close to 38 degrees Celsius, a day after rains hit the national capital.
The maximum was recorded at 37.8 degrees Celsius, one notch below the normal, a MeT Department official said.
According to the MeT department, isolated parts of Uttar Pradesh received heavy rainfall. Three children were killed by lightning strike in Siddharth Nagar while six persons including three minors were killed in separate lightning strike incidents at Jaswant Nagar area in Etawah last night.
In yet another incident, three children were killed as their mud house collapsed this morning in Ambarpur village in Kanpur.In Bihar, rain in the evening brought down temperatures in Patna and other parts of state. Capital Patna received 17.2 mm rain, while the temple town of Gaya registered 32.6 mm rain and Bhagalpur 25.7 mm, MeT office there said.
Temperature was high during the day with Patna recording 37.4 degree Celsius. Maximum temperature in Gaya was recorded 38.8 degrees, while it was 36.7 degrees in Bhagalpur, it said.
In Odisha too, parts of the state received rainfall like the coastal areas in Balasore and Mayurbhanj. The maximum rainfall recored was 4 cm. While temperature remained below 40 degree mark in all the places, relative humidity was in few areas. Bhubaneswar recorded a high of 34.5 degrees Celsius and received 10.3 mm of rain though the humidity level was 94 per cent causing discomfort to people. The highest temperature recorded in Odisha was in Sambalpur at 38.9 degrees Celsius. In the east, monsoon has been active in parts of sub-Himalayan West Bengal, while the southern districts of the state received scant rainfall, the MeT department here said.
Jalpaiguri district received 129.4 mm rainfall since yesterday, while in the hill-town of Darjeeling, the rainfall was 11.5 mm. Sriniketan in gangetic West Bengal recorded the day’s highest temperature at 35.7 degrees Celsius, followed by Kolkata at 35.1 degrees Celsius.
In Rajasthan, pre-monsoon showers continued to lash parts of the state even as heat wave also persisted in its western areas.

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