Heavy rains wreaked havoc on many parts in India on Monday, throwing life out of gear. Mumbai was the worst affected as incessant showers claimed four lives in less than 24 hours. The financial capital received 231.4 mm rains since Saturday. A rainfall of such magnitude is often categorised as heavy showers. Rains also spelt its doom in many other states including Punjab, Haryana, Assam, Gujarat, Rajasthan, and Delhi. Here's how rainfall fared in different parts of India:
Southwest monsoon gathers momentum in Mumbai, Thane, heavy rains claim four lives
As the southwest monsoon picked up momentum in Mumbai, heavy showers lashed the city claiming four lives here and in adjoining Thane. The incessant downpour lashed Mumbai, Thane regions throughout Sunday night and continued this morning, triggering water-logging at several locations. It also slowed down the movement of suburban trains, causing further inconvenience to office-goers.
Two persons were killed last evening when a tree fell on them near Metro Cinema in south Mumbai, said an official from the disaster management unit of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).
A 13-year-old boy was killed and his parents were injured when an adjacent wall collapsed on their house at Wadol village in Ambernath taluka of Thane around 2.15 am today, the district civic body's regional disaster management cell chief Santosh Kadam said.
In another incident, a 65-feet compound wall of a housing complex in Thane city collapsed this morning, crushing two cars and another vehicle, he said. In Mumbai, a huge part of a compound caved-in at Antop Hill area in Wadala. Around 15 cars were damaged with some vehicles getting buried under the debris, an official of the BMC's disaster management cell said. However, no casualty was reported in the incident.
Owing to the heavy showers, several parts of the city, like Dharavi, Sion, Matunga, Hindmata, Malad, Kurla, Andheri subway, Bhandup, Worli and Lower Parel, were flooded with water up to two to three feet, and vehicles got stuck in some places.
"Traffic has been diverted from Sion, King's circle, National College in Bandra, Siddharth Hospital in Goregaon, Chembur Phatak, Pratiksha Nagar in Sion, Milan Subway in Santacruz and Powai area of the city," a statement issued by civic body said.
The IMD has predicted heavy-to-very heavy rain in the city in the next 24 to 48 hours. "These heavy showers are due to a cyclonic circulation over north Konkan and adjoining south Gujarat and another circulation in the Bay of Bengal. We expect the rain activity to increase in the coming week, with scattered heavy to very heavy rain on June 27 and 28 in parts of north Konkan, including Mumbai," an IMD official said. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Coast Guard and the Navy have been put on high alert.
Heavy rains accompanied by thunderstorm very likely in Uttar Pradesh, says MeT department
Rain or thunderstorm accompanied by squall is very likely at isolated parts of eastern Uttar Pradesh over the next two days, the meteorological department said on Monday.
Some other parts of eastern Uttar Pradesh are very likely to experience heatwave conditions on Wednesday and Thursday, it said. Rain or thunderstorm are very likely at isolated places in western Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday.
On Sunday, the day temperatures were above normal in Faizabad, Allahabad, Varanasi, Kanpur, Lucknow, Bareilly, Moradabad, Jhansi and Meerut.
Banda was the hottest place in the state with a maximum temperature of 45 degrees Celsius.
Heavy rains lash south Gujarat
Heavy rains lashed several parts of south Gujarat, particularly Valsad, Surat and Navsari districts, in the last two days, causing water-logging and throwing normal life out of gear in the region.
However, no loss of life or any major damage to property due to the downpour was reported from any part of the region, officials said. Umergam taluka in Valsad district received around 550 mm of rainfall during the last 30 hours.
Other areas of south Gujarat which received heavy rains till this afternoon include Pardi in Valsad (169 mm), Vapi in Valsad (153 mm), Dolvan in Valsad (146 mm), Umerpada in Surat district (142 mm), Chikhli in Navsari district (128 mm), Mangrol in Surat district (110 mm) and Khergam in Navsari (95 mm), according to the data released by the state emergency control room.
Apart from these places, several other talukas of Vadodara, Dang and Bharuch districts of south Gujarat received considerable amount of rainfall during the last 24 hours, it showed.
According to the meteorological centre here, most places in Gujarat would receive "heavy-to-very heavy rain during the next two days".
Extremely heavy rainfall would occur at isolated places in the state during the same period, it said.
Heavy rains lash various parts of Rajasthan
Heavy rains lashed various parts of Rajasthan including Udaipur and Kotda besides normal showers in isolated places across the state. The MeT department has predicted heavy rainfall at isolated places in East Rajasthan.
Delhi starts flood control room
Ahead of the monsoon season, the Flood Control Department of the Delhi government has started a round the clock control room to deal and mitigate any problem related to heavy rains and floods.
It will receive complaints related to waterlogging and drain congestion and will convey the same to the concerned department for immediate redressal, a department circular said.
Assam floods: Death toll rises to 23
The death toll in Assam floods on Monday rose to 23, with two more people killed in Cachar district of Barak Valley. However, the overall flood situation in the state improved on Monday.
According to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), a total of 96,993 people in 192 villages in five flood-hit districts -- Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi -- are still reeling under the flood.
Meanwhile, the flood situation in Hailkandi has improved further, with all the three major rivers flowing much below the danger level.
Monsoon gathers steam in Odisha, likely to cover entire state
After a brief hiatus, south-west monsoon regained steam in Odisha on Monday, triggering heavy showers, accompanied by thunderstorms, in several parts of the state.
The rain-bearing winds are likely to cover the entire state over the next two days, the Met department said.
Heavy to very heavy showers were experienced at many places in coastal Odisha and one or two isolated areas with Jagatsinghpur recording the maximum rainfall.
A cyclonic circulation - 4.5-5.8 km above the sea level - persists over northwest Bay of Bengal and its neighbourhood, the MeT office said, adding that fishermen should exercise caution while venturing into the sea as gusty surface wind, with speed reaching up to 45km/hr, would prevail along and off the Odisha coast.
Heavy rainfall warning in five Bengal districts
The meteorological department on Monday warned of "heavy to very heavy rainfall" in five northern districts of West Bengal for five consecutive days till June 29.
It said several south Bengal districts would also be affected by incessant rainfall over the next three days and issued an alert for North and South 24 Parganas and East Midnapore.
The MeT department added that rainfall in most places is most likely over south Bengal districts due to a cyclonic circulation that lies over northwest Bay of Bengal.
No relief from hot weather, temperatures hover above normal in Punjab, Haryana
The maximum temperatures continued to hover above normal at most places in Punjab and Haryana, including in Chandigarh on Monday with Hisar once again turning out to be the hottest place at 43.7 degrees Celsius.
Chandigarh, the common capital of the two states, recorded a maximum of 39.8 degrees Celsius, three notches above the normal, a MeT Department report said.
In Haryana, while Hisar was the hottest place with the temperature at four degrees above normal, Bhiwani too sizzled at a high of 42.7 degrees Celsius, it said.
Narnaul experienced a hot day at 41 degrees Celsius while Ambala recorded a maximum of 41.2 degrees Celsius, five notches above normal.
Karnal's maximum settled at 40 degrees Celsius, up four notches against the normal.
In Punjab, Ludhiana and Patiala recorded above normal maximum temperatures of 41.1 degrees Celsius and 41.4 degrees Celsius respectively.
Amritsar's maximum settled at 41.9 degrees Celsius, four notches above normal.
According to the MeT Department forecast, rain/thundershowers are likely at many places in Haryana and Punjab over the next two days.
Jammu reels under scorching heat, rain likely on Wednesday
The people of Jammu grappled with blistering heat on Monday with the maximum and minimum temperatures settling several notches above normal.
The city of temples recorded a high of 41.5 degrees Celsius and a low of 26.4 degrees Celsius, a spokesperson of the meteorological department said.
The city's day temperature is 3.8 degrees above normal and the night temperature was 2.2 notches above the season's average, he said.
The Met department spokesperson said rains, likely on Wednesday, will bring relief from the sizzling heat.
"Scattered rain is likely to occur on Wednesday followed by fairly widespread rains till the month end," he said.
Katra, the base camp for the pilgrims visiting the famous Mata Vaishno Devi shrine in Reasi district, continued to be the second hottest place in the Jammu region.
The town recorded a maximum temperature of 37.2 degrees Celsius and a minimum temperature of 22.5 degrees Celsius, the Met spokesperson said.