New Delhi : More than 1 lakh people have been affected by floods in Assam where 140 villages are under water, while four children were killed in a lightning strike in Jharkhand even as heatwave conditions persisted in most parts of the country.
In Delhi, it was cloudy and sunny in turns. The maximum temperature touched 43 degrees Celsius, three notches above the season's average. The minimum temperature was 34.2 degrees Celsius.
In Assam, floods ravaged Lakhimpur and Karimganj districts, while four rivers flowed above the danger mark. According to the State Disaster Management Authority, 1,01,809 people were hit by the floods. Karimganj is the worst hit with over 97,000 people affected.
Heatwave in Punjab
Heatwave conditions continued to prevail in most parts of Haryana and Punjab. Patiala was the hottest place in Punjab, recording a high of 43 degrees Celsius. In Haryana, Hisar registered a high of 42.6 degrees Celsius.
In Rajasthan, the mercury fell by three degrees Celsius at most places due to the Southwest monsoon progressing up north, Met officials said.
In Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow witnessed a maximum temperature of 35.3 degree Celsius. Rainfall was recorded at some places. Etawah was the hottest district with the mercury touching 44 degrees Celsius.
The North Indian plains and several parts of Central India are expected to witness a drop in temperatures in the next two days due to a western disturbance, which will bring thundershowers.
4 children killed
In Jharkhand, four children were killed and two seriously injured when lightning struck them at Mundaro village in Giridih district. The children were playing cricket and had taken shelter under a tree as rain accompanied by thunderbolt struck, sub-divisional police officer Deepak Sharma said.
According to the IMD's Mumbai Regional Meteorological Centre, rainfall occurred in many places in South Konkan and Goa, Marathwada and Madhya Maharashtra.
Pre-monsoon showers also cooled Andhra and Telangana. Heavy rains inundated main roads of the temple town of Tirumala and Tirupati. Devotees faced trouble with the drains on the hills overflowing.
Rain lashed several parts of Tamil Nadu, including Chennai, on Tuesday. However, Chennai continued to reel under severe heat conditions with temperature touching 42 degree Celsius. Kerala has received 25% surplus rainfall in the first week after onset of monsoon on May 30.