Met forecasts thunderstorm till August 31 in Himachal

Tribune News Service

Shimla, August 28

Moderate to heavy intermittent rain lashed several parts of Himachal today as the monsoon remained active. The state has received 493.7 mm rain since June 1 till date against the normal rainfall of 617 mm, a deficit of 19 per cent.

The local MeT office has issued a yellow warning of thunderstorm and lightning at isolated places in mid and lower hills from August 29 to 31 and predicted rain and thundershowers at a few places in mid and lower hills till September 3 and rain or snow in higher hills till August 31.

With seven more deaths, three in Shimla, two in Mandi and one each in Kullu and Bilaspur district, the death toll in rain-related incidents has increased to 326. As many as 589 head of cattle perished and loss to public property was assessed at Rs 927.62 crore, including loss of Rs 597.97 crore to the Public Works Department and Rs 258. 32 crore to the Jan Shakti Department.

Bangana was the wettest with 115 mm rain while Gohar and Pandoh received 69 mm and 63 mm rain, followed by Palampur 53 mm, Nadaun 50 mm, Bijahi 47 mm, Bharari 46 mm, Hamirpur and Jogindernagar 44 mm, Khadrala 40 mm, Mandi 38 mm, Sarkaghat and Ghamroor 36 mm, Jhandutta and Sujanpur Tira 35 mm, Wangtoo, Sundernagar and Amb 33 mm, Baldwara 32, Tinder 29 mm, Banjar and Rampur 26 mm Bilaspur 25 mm, Sarahan 24 mm, Bhoranj 20 mm, Una 19 mm, Dharmsala 17 mm, Janjehli 16 mm, Kothi and Mehre 15 mm, Dehra Gopipur 14 mm and Kahu 13 mm.

The night temperature dropped marginally and Keylong and Kalpa registered a low of 12 degree and 13.6 degree, followed by Kufri 14 degree, Dalhousie 15 degree and Shimla 15.8 degree.

Courtesy: Tribune News Service
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