1 killed in building collapse in HP, massive landslide in U’kd

New Delhi, Aug 17 (PTI) Heavy rains resulted in the deathof one person in a building collapse incident in HimachalPradesh and triggered a massive landslide in Uttarakhandtoday. In the national capital, it was a pleasant day with themercury settling at two notches below normal. "The maximum temperature was recorded at 31.5 degreesCelsius, two notches below normal while the minimum settled at26.4 degrees Celsius, normal for this time of the year," a MeTofficial said. The humidity levels oscillated between 81 and 69 per centand nil rainfall was recorded. In Himachal Pradesh, a 23-year-old man was killed whileseveral others were still buried under the debris as afive-storeyed dilapidated building collapsed near SaraswatiNagar in Rohroo area of Shimla district following heavy rains. Five persons who were rescued were admitted to hospital,SDM, Rohroo, Y P S Verma said, adding efforts are on to rescuethe people trapped inside the collapsed building and help ofNDRF has also been sought. Moderate rains occurred in some parts of the state withPaonta Sahib being the wettest with 40 mm rains. Minimumtemperatures dropped marginally and Keylong was the coldestwith 10.2 degrees Celsius. Una was hottest in the region withmaximum temperature of 35.6 degrees Celsius. In Uttarakhand, a massive landslide occurred as aconsequence of heavy rain near Do Gaon, 25 km from Nainital.National Highway 87 connecting Nainital to Rampur remainedclosed for the whole day due to the landslide. Traffic was diverted to Nainital via Bhimtal with adetour of extra 25 km. However, traffic on this road was alsodisrupted for few hours as there was a landslide on this routenear Salari. Since yesterday till this morning, Nainital received 218mm of rainfall as per control room figures, affecting normallife. In Uttar Pradesh, light to moderate rainfall waswitnessed since yesterday. According to MeT department, rainfall received in mm wasVaranasi 31.4, Allahabad -11.4, Bahraich -12.8, Churk -17.6and Najibabad 12.6. In Bihar, light to moderate rainfall occurred in manyplaces of the state since yesterday. Heavy rainfall was witnessed in Nawada district whichreceived 8 cm, Met office said. Among major cities, Bhagalpur witnessed 3.0 mm rainfallfollowed by 1.7 mm in Gaya, 0.2 mm in Purnea while Patnawitnessed no rainfall in the past 24 hours. (MORE) PTI TEAMIKA ZMNIKA

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