Monsoon Rains Sweep through India – to Delight of Farmers

Half of India has been hit by heavy rains in this year’s monsoon, which account for 70% of the country’s annual rainfall.

The monsoon hit Kerala in the south of the country before sweeping northwards with rains expected to intensify into July.

As the capital of New Delhi gets ready to embrace the monsoon, authorities set up a 24/7 helpline to deal with health problems exacerbated by the feeble sewerage system in the city.

Farmers, who account for 15% of India’s economy, welcomed the rains, however.

In 2012 the harvesting of wheat, cotton, and sugar suffered from the weakest rainfalls in years and farmers were hoping for prolonged rainfall this year to make up for it.

“There has been plenty of rainfall over drought areas of the southern region and even adjoining Maharashtra has received excess splash,” Chengal Reddy, a farmers’ spokesman, said.

The monsoon usually covers all of India by mid-July.

People walk in a heavy rain shower in the northern Indian hill town of Shimla

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A woman carries her child through a heavy rain shower

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School rain shower

Schoolchildren run for shelter in Harwan

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Chandigarh Monsoon Jeep

Sikh men ride a jeep during a heavy rain shower in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh

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Allahabad Monsoon

Allahabad

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Wet teenagers

Children run for cover

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Umbrella India

A woman holds an umbrella to shield her children and herself from the rain

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Mumbai Sea

Boys play at a sea wall as waves crash over it during a monsoon rain shower

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Rice plantation India

A farmer plants rice saplings in a paddy field in Amritsar

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Plastic shelter Monsoon

A man takes shelter from the rain under a plastic sheet

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Fishing boat Mumbai

Rain lashes Many Parts of Sindh During Night.

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Rain With Fast Wind Lashes Upper And Eastern Sindh in Late night Morning hours.. Moderate intensity of Rainfall occurred in Larkana Khairpur Ranipur Bhriya Tando Masti Sanghar Kot-lalu and Other parts of various districs got light to moderate rain .

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According to Source  Yestreday night rain with thunderstorm hits many pars of upper sindh including Stagnant rainwater hit districts, including Sukkur, Ghotki, Shikarpur, Jacobabad, Kashmore, Larkana and Khairpur traces of rain reported in nawabshah District.. Spotty drizzle also occur in some parts of karachi..

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Lahore:torrential rain that lashed the city on Saturday morning.

Scores of localities were inundated and the rainwater could not be cleared from many localities till in the evening despite tall claims by the government.

The only road that remained unaffected by the very heavy rain was the pathway of the metro bus service, indicating the need for also investing funds in improving the city’s age-old run-down drainage system and road network.

Power supply was disrupted in majority localities in the city immediately after rain began. Overhead wires fell, sparked and terrified people. The power supply could not be restored for several hours in many localities. Some still missed it by Saturday evening.

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Rain also lashed several cities in the country because of a pre-monsoon system and a westerly wave over the upper parts of the country.

The torrential rain in Lahore that began late last night continued till in the morning. It was accompanied by a windstorm having a velocity of 60km per hour, uprooting trees, plants and bill boards and leveling houses.

Parveen, 60, her daughters Uzma, 14, Ismat, 16, and Hussain, 6-month, were killed as the roof of their house collapsed at Qainchi Amar Sidhu. Parveen’s husband Khushi Muhammad, a son and a daughter were injured.

Ahad Khan, a watchman, was killed when the roof of his room caved in at Shawala Chowk, Singhpura. His friend Shahid Khan was injured.

In Sittara Colony, Kamahan Road, Abbas and his two children, Wasim, 6, and Irum, 3, were killed as the roof of their house collapsed. His wife Irshad Bibi and three children sustained injuries.

At Bedian Road, Chungi Amar Sidhu, Ali Hasan, 7, was electrocuted as an overhead electricity wire fell on him during the rain storm.

In Hanjarwal, Muhammad Ashraf and Khurshid Alam were electrocuted as an iron bar they were unloading from a truck touched an overhead electricity wire during the rain.

According to Rescue 1122 several other persons too were injured in rain related incidents in different parts of the city.

Meanwhile, rain kept life disrupted in the city throughout the day. The Met office recorded 102mm of rain at its Jail Road observatory and 92mm at the airport.

It inundated low lying areas not only in the main city but also in localities like Gulberg. A large number of cars and motorcycles broke down on the submerged roads during the rain storm and afterwards, causing a great deal of inconvenience to people and disrupting traffic.

Pedestrians and motorcyclists took shelter as the windstorm began to uproot trees and bill boards.

Some of the streets and localities that were submerged included Lakshmi Chowk, Jail Road and Muslim Town underpasses, Multan, Road, Wahdat Road, Ferozepur Road, The Mal, Main Boulevard Gulberg, Gadhafi Stadium, Barkat Market, Garden Town, Model Town, Sabzazaar, Marghazar, Chauburji, Samanabad, Bahawalpur Road, Mozang, Shara-e-Fatima Jinnah, Lawrence Road, Shahrah-i-Awan-i-Tijarat, Ravi Road, G T Road, Lahore Hotel Chowk, Shimla Hill, Allama Iqbal Road, Gulshan-i-Ravi, Wapda Town, Valencia, Dubanpura, Mustafa Town, Thoker Niaz Baig and Cantonment.

Roads in some Wapda Town blocks were inundated as a local drain spilled over.

Earlier, the Met office reported widespread rain in the country. Toba Tek Singh received 50mm of rain, Jhelum 39, Kotli 37, Rawlakot 36, Murree 35, Jhang 50, Sahiwal and Bannu 29 (each), Okara, Muzaffarabad and Sialkot A/P 25(each), Noorpur Thal 22, Sialkot cantt 12, Johrabad 20, Islamabad Z/P 18, Kakul 17, Faisalabad 15, Mangla 12, Saidu Sharif 10, Badin 9, Malam Jabba 7, Chitral and Sargodha 6(each), Bahawalnagar 5, Mirkhani and Garhi Dupatta 4(each), Pattan and Bunji =03 (each), Bhakkar, Gujranwala and D I Khan 2 (each).

The Met office forecast widespread thunderstorm/rain with gusty winds, heavy falls at isolated places, over northeast Punjab, DG Khan, Multan, Bahawalpur, D I Khan, Bannu, Kohat divisions, Waziristan and northeast Balochistan in the next 24 hours. Fairly widespread thunderstorm /rain with gusty winds may occur over Sahiwal and Malakand divisions, north Punjab (including Islamabad), Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir.

Scattered thunderstorm/rain with gusty winds would occur over Peshawar, Mardan divisions and Sindh.

Lahore will also receive more rain that can be heavy at times.

List of Significant Rainfall in the month of september (Monsoon season)

List of Significant Rainfall in the month of september (Monsoon season)

BADIN got 114.1  mm rainfall till 15 September

CHHOR got 170   mm rainfall till 15 September

HYDERABAD got 110.2 mm rainfall till 15 September

JACOBABAD got 481.1 mm rainfall till 15 September

KARACHI got 125 mm rainfall till 15 September

mithi got 164 mm rainfall till 15 September

Nawabshah got 164.1 mm rainfall till 15 September

sukkur got  207 mm rainfall till 15 September

mirpurkhas got 56 mm rainfall till 15 September