Heavy rains lash parts of India

Published: 05:15 GMT, Aug 16, 2016 |

Heavy rains created flood like situation in northern and northwestern India on Tuesday (15th Aug).

Northern hill town of Shimla, a popular tourist spot, saw few vehicles on the roads as it started raining since morning. Trees were uprooted at some places, disrupting flow of traffic.

Residents said that normal life had been paralysed due to the incessant rains.

“It has been raining heavily for the last three to four days. We are facing lots of problems while travelling. Water has entered our shops and houses. Many roads have been submerged in water, causing hardships to people,” a local Ajay Rawat said.

Similar scenes were witnessed in northwestern Jodhpur district where flash floods inundated low lying areas. People were forced to take shelter in upper regions as water gushed into their houses and shops.

“We are very distraught. We appeal to the government to ensure drainage of water from our homes,” said Swami Manganand, a resident.

According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), monsoon rains in the country were 15 per cent above average in the week ending August 10.

An average or normal monsoon means rainfall between 96 and 104 per cent of a 50-year average of 89 centimeters.