Flood situation eases in Bihar, light rains in UP

New Delhi, Aug 16 (PTI) The flood situation eased inBihar today with no district remaining under water even assome parts of Uttar Pradesh received rains while the nationalcapital remained dry. In the national capital, it was a pleasant day with themaximum and minimum temperatures recorded at 34 degreesCelsius and 26.4 degrees Celsius respectively, both normal forthis time of the year. "The humidity levels oscillated between 84 and 52 percent. While the day was partly cloudy, no rainfall wasrecorded," a MeT official said. In Uttar Pradesh, rain and thundershowers occurred atisolated places with south-west monsoon being normal. According to the MeT office, chief amount of rainfallreceived in cms was – Azamgarh, Dhaurahara, Narai – 9 each,Sultanpur, Amethi and Bareilly – 8 each, Biswan, Kheri, ElginBridge, Rath – 7 each, Dudhi, Hamirpur, Mahoba – 6 each. In Himachal Pradesh, there was rainfall in isolatedplaces. Weather remained dry in rest of the state as monsoonremained subdued. Dharmashala was wettest in the region with109 mm rains. Shimla and Poanta Sahib received 28 mm rains. With a low pressure area over north Bay of Bengal and itsneighbourhood likely to intensify further, the IMD warnedOdisha government about heavy rainfall and an increase in theheight of sea waves up to four metres. In Bihar, heavy showers lashed Sheikhpura and Samastipurdistricts whereas light to moderate rainfall was recorded inmost places in south west and south central parts of the statesince yesterday, the MeT department said. Sheikhpura town received the highest amount of rainfallat 11 cm, followed by 9 cm in Barbigha also in Sheikhpuradistrict, and 8 cm in Pusa in Samastipur district. Patna recorded the highest maximum temperature at 35.9degrees Celsius. The flood situation eased with no district remainingunder water but the Ganga and few other rivers were stillflowing above the danger mark at some places in Patna andBhagalpur districts today. The Ganga was flowing above danger mark at Digha ghat,Gandhi ghat and Hathidah in Patna and Kahalgaon in Bhagalpurdistrict. Other rivers which were flowing above the danger markare- the Sone at Maner and the Punpun at Sripalpur (in Patna),while Ghaghra remained in spate at Gangpur-Siswan area inSiwan district, Kosi at Baltara in Khagaria and Kursela inKatihar district and Burhi Gandak in Khagaria, a statementfrom the state Disaster Management Department said. In Punjab and Haryana, maximum temperatures went up byfew notches above normal in most parts of both the states. Chandigarh recorded maximum temperature at 35 degreesCelsius, two notches above normal, as per MeT report. In Haryana, Ambala’s maximum was 35.6 degrees Celsius,two notches above normal while Hisar and Karnal registeredtheir maximums at 38.9 and 33.8 degrees Celsius, up to threenotches above normal. In Punjab, Amritsar’s maximum was 34.5 degrees Celsiuswhile Ludhiana and Patiala recorded maximum at 35.8 degreesCelsius and 35.6 degrees Celsius, respectively. Ludhianareceived rainfall of 1 mm. In West Bengal, Baharampore town in Murshidabad districtrecorded the day’s highest temperature of 35.6 degree Celsius. The MeT department said that Diamond Harbour in thesouthern tip of the state received 22.8 mm rainfall, thehighest in the state in 24 hours from yesterday morning. Kolkata was very humid leading to perspiration anddiscomfort among the denizens, despite a moderate day’shighest temperature of 33.8 degree Celsius. The MeT has forecast heavy rain in Bankura, Burdwan andDarjeeling districts in the state in the next two days. Meanwhile, the IMD said monsoon currents have weakenedover Goa coast and hence there are no rains. The situationwill continue for sometime. During this month till yesterday,eight inches of rainfall was recorded. PTI TEAM IKA ZMNIKA

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