The Hush Post: The weather department has declared rain alert in 21 states — Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Uttarakhand, UP, Bihar, Jharkhand, Jammu and Kashmir, all the north-eastern states, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, West Bengal, Orrisa, Sikkim, Delhi and Madhya Pradesh.
Delhi, the national capital was hit by heavy rains on Friday afternoon. Parts of NCR also witnessed mild showers. Continuous rains through the day resulted in traffic congestion and waterlogging in different parts of Delhi.
Sarita Vihar, Lajpat Nagar, Greater Kailash and Lutyens Delhi were among the most affected areas where heavy rains were recorded and commuters faced traffic jam and water-logging. According to the Meteorological Department, continuous rains have been forecast for the day. The temperature is expected to reach 37 degrees Celsius while the minimum temperature will slide to 28 degrees Celsius.
Six-day rain alert in Himachal
Also, continuous rains for 6 days in north India have been forecast in Himachal. Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh may also see rain on similar pattern. Himachal has witnessed many landslides in the past couple of days and cloudbursts particularly in Kullu-Manali and Shimla. Also in the past two months, Rajasthan, Delhi and UP had to bear the brunt of thunderstorm and rain and hundreds of deaths were reported due to inclement and rough weather.
The fresh alert comes in wake of heavy rains in Kerala which resulted in 27 people’s death due to inundation and floods. Red alert has been declared and all the floodgates of Cheruthoni Dam have been opened for the first time. With all the five floodgates of the dam opened, water is rushing down the Periyar lake causing huge loss to the crops and properties.