Two persons were killed in rain-related incidents today in Maharashtra’s Thane district, while a dust storm hit the national capital and its surrounding areas that had been reeling under the scorching heat for a few days.
Heavy rains lashed Mumbai, causing a slight delay in the movement of trains. Reports of rains also poured in from parts of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, that were previously struggling with sweltering conditions.
The weatherman has predicted rains in Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Odisha, Jharkhand, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh tomorrow.
In Maharashtra’s Thane district, 66-year-old fisherman Steni Admani was struck by lightning at around 6 am. He died on the spot, said Shivaji Patil, chief of the District Disaster Control Cell. Six others, who were out in the open at the time, were also injured due to the lightning strike and have been admitted into a local hospital.
A woman, who was riding pillion on a two-wheeler died after the vehicle rammed into a truck on the GB Road. An official said heavy rains apparently led to the accident.
Heavy rains pounded Mumbai, leading to a slight delay in the running of suburban trains. The Indian Meteorological Department had declared the onset of monsoon over the city, and adjoining Thane-Konkan areas, Ahmednagar, Parbhani and other parts of Maharashtra. “Heavy to very heavy rainfall was recorded in the suburbs till 8.30 am today,” IMD Deputy Director K S Hosalikar said.
Trains on the suburban section of the Central Railway were running late due to showers, an official said, adding that there were no cancellations. Two flights had to be diverted due to bad weather.
Over the years, heavy monsoon rains have paralysed Mumbai, flooding streets and disrupting land, air and road traffic.
A dust storm, with winds gusting up to 70 kmph, hit the national capital this evening, bringing some relief from the searing heat. The weatherman said light rain was witnessed in many areas.
The dust storm pushed the temperature down by a few notches on what was a sultry day. The city recorded a high of 40.5 degrees Celsius and a low of 30 degrees Celsius, according to the MeT office. The humidity level was recorded at 71 percent.
The weatherman forecast dust storm in Ghaziabad, Meerut, Baghpat and other adjoining districts in western Uttar pradesh.
Sultry conditions abated in Haryana and Punjab after rains. Chandigarh, which received rainfall earlier in the day, had a high of 33.8 degrees Celsius, down five notches against normal.
In Punjab, Amritsar recorded a maximum of 31.7 degrees Celsius after rains. Haryana’s Ambala, lashed by a heavy downpour, recorded a high of 31.9 degrees Celsius. However, Hisar and Bhiwani continued to brave the hot weather at 41 and 41.4 degrees Celsius.
The local weather office predicted thunderstorm and gusty winds at several places in the two states.