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Aug 29, 2012 at 01:31pm IST

Late but incessant rains throw life out of gear in North India

New Delhi: Delayed but heavy rainfall lashed several parts of northern India over the last 48 hours. The national capital on Tuesday evening was lashed by heavy rains for three hours and overnight rains have led to further water-logging and morning traffic is moving slow. For the second consecutive day, commuters in Delhi had a harrowing time as heavy rains flooded roads, causing traffic snarls, while water also entered several shops and houses.

Torrential rains, which started around 4 pm, resulted in chaos in traffic and flooding of streets at several key junctions. The India Meteorological Department recorded a total of 36.2 mm of rainfall between 8:30 am and 5:30 pm on Tuesday

Similar weather conditions are expected on Wednesday, with the IMD forecasting "generally cloudy sky and one or two spells of rain".

The rains brought the mercury down and Delhi recorded a maximum temperature two notches below average at 31.8 degrees Celsius. The minimum temperature early Tuesday morning was also a notch below average at 25.3 degrees Celsius.

The seasonal average of rain in monsoon in Delhi this year is 415.2 mm, 19 per cent less than the average of 511.2 mm.

However, in the month of August, Delhi has so far received 304.9 mm of rain, which is 30 percent more than the average 235.1 mm for this period.

Meanwhile, the level of Yamuna is nearing the danger mark. Authorities say there's no need to worry yet, but those living in low-lying areas have been evacuated as a precautionary measure.

National Disaster Relief Force personnel are on also standby.

There were heavy rains across Himachal Pradesh and Haryana as well. Flood warnings have been issued after an increase in the outflow from Haryana's Hathnikund barrage.

Uttar Pradesh received moderate to heavy rainfall over the past 24 hours as monsoon remained active over the state. Places that received rains include Mahroni, Muzaffarnagar, Rath, Badhuna, Akbarpur, Salon, Meja, Phoolpur, Fatehpur, Amethi, Saharanpur, Deoband, Mahoba, Mawana and Moradabad.

Meanwhile, rain related incidents killed 36 people in Rajasthan in one week. As many as 12 districts, almost a third of the state, were severely affected by unprecedented rainfall.