Mercury dips in Delhi; alert in U’khand, ‘Char Dham’ yatra hit

Friday, Jul 18, 2014,19:58 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Rains received an overwhelming welcome in North India after a fortnight of sultry weather.    The mercury plummeted in Delhi as rains for two consecutive days turned the weather pleasant.
Under an overcast sky, the maximum temperature was 29 degrees Celsius, five notches below normal.    The minimum was recorded at 24.6 degrees.    Heavy rains provided relief from hot and humid conditions  last evening though there was water logging in many areas.    Uttarakhand was put on alert as the weather office has issued a warning of ‘rather heavy’ or ‘heavy’ rainfall.    In next 36 hours, Nainital, Almora, Bageshwar, Pauri and Udhamsingh Nagar districts could experience heavy showers.    ‘Char Dham’ yatra and the Hemkund Sahib pilgrimage remained hit due to rains and blocked roads.    However, the Kailash Mansarover pilgrimage was still on.    According to Disaster Mitigation and Management Centre (DMMC), in Rudraprayag district, being lashed by rains, the Kedarnath  pilgrimage continued to be suspended.    The Rishikesh-Kedarnath NH-108 was blocked at Banswada,  Kalimath and Sirobagad due to debris.
Ukhimath-Gopeshwar motor-road was blocked at Mastura  in the district.
In Uttarkashi district, the Gangotri and Yamunotri pilgrimage  was halted as Rishikesh-Gangotri NH-108 was blocked at  Raturisera, Malla, Laldaag, Nalupani, Bishanpur, Bhatukasaud  were blocked and Rishikesh-Yamunotri NH-94, was open only  till Janakichatti. The BRO was working to open these highways.    However, there were no pilgrims stranded at either  Kedarnath or Badrinath.
An alert has been sounded and officials were asked to remain vigilant with mobile phones.
In the border district of Pithoragarh, the Kailash-Mansarovar  pilgrimage was going on ‘unhampered’.    In Pune, wet spell continued for the third consecutive day.
The city recorded 6 mm rainfall.    The south-west Monsoon has been vigorous over east Uttar Pradesh and Haryana, the waetherman said.    It has been active over Uttarakhand, Punjab, east Rajasthan, Saurashtra and Kutch, while it has been subdued over Marathwada, Vidarbha, Chhattisgarh, Telangana, Rayalaseema and Tamil Nadu.    Rain or thundershowers are likely to occur at most places in Sub-Himalayan West Bengal, Sikkim, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Gujarat, Konkan and Goa,    They may occur at many places in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Gangetic West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, east Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, coastal Karnataka, Kerala and Andaman and Nicobar  Islands.