Monsoon covers almost entire India but skips Delhi; heavy rains in Himachal wreak havoc: 10 points

Even as the monsoon rain reached the desert district of Jaisalmer and Ganganagar on Monday, it gave Delhi and parts of Haryana a miss. Himachal Pradesh, however, was inundated with water after heavy rains lashed the region.

Even as the monsoon rain reached the desert district of Jaisalmer and Ganganagar on Monday, it gave Delhi and parts of Haryana a miss. Himachal Pradesh, however, was inundated after heavy rains lashed the region. Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself stepped up to take stock and said that he was "closely monitoring" the situation in the state. He also assured all possible help to the state government. 

On the other hand, lightning strikes in several states have claimed 71 lives so far, including 42 in Uttar Pradesh. Six people, including two minors, were killed and 11 others injured in separate incidents of lightning in parts of Madhya Pradesh. In Uttar Pradesh, the death toll due to lightning strikes rose to 42 people. The maximum 14 fatalities due to lighting were reported from Allahabad, followed by five deaths each in Kanpur Dehat and Fatehpur among others, officials said, adding 23 persons were injured in such incidents. The number of people who died in separate incidents of lightning strikes on Sunday rose in Rajasthan to 23, including 12 in Jaipur. Twenty-seven people were also injured in those incidents.

Meanwhile, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued an orange alert for Rajasthan and Jammu and Kashmir, and yellow alert for Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh for Tuesday with warning of heavy rains. Red alert has been issued for Konkan and Goa, and central Maharashtra, while an orange alert warning has been issued for Gujarat, parts of Karnataka, Maharashtra and Assam. The weather agency has four colour-coded warnings based on the intensity of a extreme weather event and issues them in the ascending order of green, yellow, orange and red. According to the IMD, yellow alert has been also issued for Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, parts of West Bengal and Kerala




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