Heavy rain in Rajasthan, leaves 7 dead, Jodhpur flooded

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Jaipur: Heavy to extremely heavy rainfall kept normal life affected in Rajasthan's Chittorgarh, Bhilwara, Pali and nearby areas where Army and NDRF have been deployed for rescue and relief works.

Seven persons, including six children, were killed in rain-related incidents in Rajasthan, while flood situation improved considerably in Assam today even as MeT department has forecast downpour in Odisha and West Bengal as a low pressure over Bay of Bengal has intensified into a depression.

Six children, aged 8 to 12 years, were today playing near a pit filled with rainwater when they accidentally slipped into it and drowned in Rajasthan's Barmer district while a 25-year-old man was swept away by heavy flow of water on the bank of a river in Pali district.

Heavy to extremely heavy rainfall kept normal life affected in Rajasthan's Chittorgarh, Bhilwara, Pali and nearby areas where Army and NDRF have been deployed for rescue and relief works.

Scattered rains in few areas of the national capital contributed to high humidity level causing trouble to the Delhiites. The maximum and minimum temperatures were recorded at 35.5 and 28 degrees Celsius, both a notch above normal.

A cloudy day has been predicted for Delhi tomorrow. Gayatri (60), Doodnath (65) and Ramjanm Rajak were yesterday killed after being hit by lightning in different parts of Uttar Pradesh's Ballia district, even as light to moderate rainfall occurred in several parts of the state.

In Odisha, heavy rainfall is likely to occur in many parts of the state in the next 24 hours with gusty wind prevailing along and off the coast. The downpour will occur as a well marked low pressure over Northwest Bay of Bengal today intensified into a depression. MeT department has predicted heavy downpour also in Gangetic West Bengal for the next two days.

In flood-hit Assam, the situation has improved "considerably". Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said the number of affected people in Jorhat and Kokrajhar districts was 3,794 and the number of relief camps have come down to four in the state.

In Bihar, temperatures dipped with light to moderate rainfall in parts of the state bringing much needed respite from the sultry weather conditions. Hot and humid conditions today prevailed in Punjab and Haryana despite rainfall took places at several places. Chandigarh, joint capital of Punjab and Haryana, recorded maximum temperature of 34.9 degree Celsius, two degrees above normal.

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