A massive landslide triggered by incessant rainfall claimed three lives in Meghalaya today even as many states in the northern region heaved a sigh of relief from heat conditions. It was a pleasant day in the national capital with the minimum temperature settling at 24.5 degrees Celsius, three notches below the season's average. The maximum temperature was recorded at 35 degrees Celsius. The city received 4.4 mm rain overnight, the MeT said. Three persons were killed and nine others were injured in the massive landslide in Ri-Bhoi district of Meghalaya. Officials said the incident took place at a labour camp near Umiam Lake at around 5 AM during heavy rain since last night. Two teenage girls and a 25-year-old man were killed and two women have gone missing in the incident, a district disaster management authority official said. The MeT also confirmed the onset of the south-west monsoon in the north eastern region. In a respite from heat wave conditions, the maximum temperatures in most parts of Punjab and Haryana hovered at below normal levels. Ambala was the hottest place in the region with a high of 36.3 degrees Celsius, one notch below normal.
While Patiala settled at a high of 36 degrees Celsius, the maximum at Chandigarh was 35.8 degrees Celsius. The weatherman forecast partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain or thundershower in the states in the next 48 hours. Kota in Rajasthan was the hottest with the maximum temperature of 41.3 degrees Celsius followed by Jaisalmer, which registered a maximum of 40.2 degrees. Bikaner recorded 39.9 degrees while the day temperature in Churu and Sriganganagar was 39 degrees Celsius. The capital city of Uttar Pradesh recorded a maximum temperature of 37 degrees Celsius, while the minimum stood at 25 degrees Celsius. The relative humidity in Lucknow stood at 90 per cent. The MeT has predicted rain and thundershowers accompanied with gusty winds at isolated places in the state. The places in the state where the mercury breached the 40 degree mark are Fatehgarh (42.3 degrees), Banda (42 degrees), Jhansi (41.5 degrees) and Hamirpur (41.2 degrees).
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