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Heavy rains lash south Gujarat, transport disrupted

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Ahmedabad, July 12: Heavy rains lashed south Gujarat region during the last 24 hours ending Wednesday, caused by cyclonic circulation system over Chhattisgarh and Odisha, disrupting transport services.

Out of the 250 odd talukas (blocks) of the state, 99 received a significant amount of rainfall led by Navsari district with 178 mm. Mahuva in Surat district received 176 mm rain.

This was followed by Jalalpore with 169 mm, Valod 142 mm, and Valsad with 126 mm. Halol region in Panchmahals district a in central Gujarat received 123 mm of rainfall.

The torrential downpour disrupted rail services in the state forcing cancellation of many trains, especially on the busy Ahmedabad-Mumbai route. The Karnavati Express and aAhmedabad-Mumbai Double Decker Express had to be cancelled, while the Garib Rath had to be halted at the Vadodara railway junction.

There were reports of waterlogging on many of the roads, including the national highways. The traffic got jammed on the national highway 8A near Navsari in southern Gujarat.

Due to the heavy rains and water logging, around a thousand persons had to be relocated to safety.

Waterlogging was also reported from Valsad district, where the rising waters of the Auranga river entered many houses.

Jayesh Patel, a revenue official in Valsad said: “Two National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams have been deployed to help relocate residents.”

A total of fifteen teams of NDRF have been deployed across the state, and are on a standby, ready to be put into action in case of disasters. The state authorities have advised fishermen not to venture out into the seas.

“Heavy rainfall is expected in the eastern, central and southern districts of the state like Dahod and Panchmahals in the next 24 hours to follow. There will be normal to moderate rains in north Gujarat, Kutch and the rest of the state for a couple of days,” said India Meteorological Department director Jayanta Sarkar.

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Misty morning in Delhi, air quality ‘poor’

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New Delhi, Nov 15: It was a misty morning in the national capital on Thursday with the minimum temperature recorded at 16.2 degrees Celsius, three notches above the season’s average, weather office said.

The MeT has predicted a clear day ahead.

According to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR), the air quality was recorded in the ‘poor’ category after overnight drizzle led to a drop in the pollution level.

“It is expected to be a mainly clear sky throughout the day,” an India Meteorological Department (IMD) official said.

There was 1.4 mm of rainfall recorded in the past 24 hours. The maximum temperature was likely to hover around 28 degrees Celsius. The humidity at 8.30 a.m. was 88 per cent.

Wednesday’s maximum temperature settled at 28.5 degrees, at par with the season’s average, while the minimum temperature was recorded at 17.6 degrees Celsius, four notches above season’s average.

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Manali, Narkanda witness season’s 1st snowfall

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Himachal Pradesh snowfall

Shimla, Nov 15: There was overnight moderate snowfall in Manali and Narkanda, the season’s first, a Met official said on Thursday as snow continued to elude the Himachal Pradesh capital here.

The tourist resort of Manali recorded a minimum temperature of minus 1.2 degrees Celsius as the hills overlooking it also experienced moderate spells of snow, Manmohan Singh, Director of the meteorological office here, told IANS.

He said the picturesque Kalpa, some 250 km from here, experienced seven cm of snow.

“High-altitude areas of Lahaul and Spiti, Chamba, Kullu and Kinnaur districts have been experiencing snow since early Thursday,” he added.

Keylong in Lahaul and Spiti district was the coldest at minus 3.3.degrees Celsius, while it was minus 0.8 degrees in Kalpa, 8.8 in Dharamsala and 3.3 degrees in Shimla.

As news of the snowfall flashed across the plains, tourists started arriving at Manali and the nearby hills.

Peaks overlooking other popular tourist resorts like Dharamsala and Palampur have also got fresh snow.

The other hill destinations Shimla, Kufri, Dharamsala, Nahan, Chamba and Mandi got rains.

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Agarwal named new Ghaziabad police chief

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Lucknow, Nov 14 : In a late night reshuffle on Wednesday, the Uttar Pradesh government transferred Ghaziabad district police chief Vaibhav Krishna, a home department spokesman said.

Krishna has been replaced by Upendra Kumar Agarwal, who was posted as the senior superintendent of police (SSP) Saharanpur.

Krishna has been sent as Superintendent of Police (SP) Police Headquarters (PHQ) Prayagraj, erstwhile known as Allahabad. Dinesh Kumar P, posted as SP of Shamli in western UP, has been assigned Saharanpur as its new SSP.

Ajay Kumar who was the commandant of the 8th battalion of the Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) in Bareli has been posted as the new district police chief of Shamli.

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