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Monsoon revives in North; over 15 dead in rains

New Delhi: The south-west monsoon today revived over northern parts of the country, including the national capital, with most parts of the region lashed by torrential rains that claimed over 15 lives.

Heavy rains drenched parts of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh while Delhi, Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan received moderate rainfall.

13 people perished in rain-related incidents in Uttar Pradesh where many areas experienced heavy downpour since yesterday. While three children were killed in Lucknow as they fell into a drain, six died in Moradabad when a boat capsized and one death each was reported from Unnao, Gorakhpur, Sultanpur and Azamgarh.

Bahraich was wettest with 139 mm rainfall followed by Gorakhpur 118.2 mm and Lucknow 112 mm among others.

Incessant rains lashed Uttarakhand for the third straight day today as three persons died in rain-related incidents at various parts of the state.

The downpour triggered landslides, blocking vehicular traffic to Badrinath and Yamunotri shrines in Garhwal region and also at Tanakpur-Pithoragarh Highway in Kumaon region. It also led to alarming rise in water-levels of major rivers.

In Himachal Pradesh, normal life was affected as cloudbursts resulted in cattle being washed away in tribal Bharmaour region in Chamba district.

Among other places, Dharamsala received 98.6 mm of rains while state capital Shimla, experiencing intermittent heavy rains, had 80 mm of rains.

The downpour resulted in mercury dipping by several notches. Una remained the hottest place in the state at 30.2 deg C while the maximum in Shimla dropped to 22.9 deg C against 24 deg C yesterday.

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