Lucknow, July 27: Incessant monsoon rains continued to wreak havoc for the second consecutive day in different parts of Uttar Pradesh leaving as many as 27 people dead, news agency PTI quoted a government spokesperson as saying.
While five people died in Agra, four deaths were reported in Mainpuri, three each in Muzaffarnagar and Kasganj, two each in Meerut and Bareilly and one each in Kanpur Dehat, Mathura, Ghaziabad, Hapur, Jhansi, Rae Bareli, Jalaun and Jaunpur , the official said.
As many as 12 others were injured in different parts of the state, he added.
Meanwhile, the meteorological department said more thundershowers were likely to continue at many places across the state.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath directed officials to launch relief and rescue work on a war footing and asked district magistrates of the affected areas to immediately provide necessary monetary help, as per the rules, in cases of house collapse.
Directions were also issued for taking all necessary steps to ensure proper treatment to the injured as the chief minister warned officials that no laxity will be tolerated in relief works.
The MET office said that southwest monsoon was “active” over east Uttar Pradesh and “vigorous” over the western part of the state causing moderate to heavy rain and thundershowers at most places.
According to officials, chief amount of rainfall recorded in cm were- Mathura- 19, Kasganj- 18, Aligarh- 13, Gautam Buadh Nagar- 10, Barabanki, Badaun, Saharanpur, Firozabad- 9 each, Ravidas Nagar and Gorakhpur- 8 each.
Meanwhile, heavy rains for the second consecutive day today also lashed the national capita leading to waterlogging and traffic congestion in several areas.
There was waterlogging on the road between Nangloi and Najafgarh, specially near the Satyabhama hospital, where potholes made compounded the problem, the traffic police said.
Waterlogging was reported at Ali Gaon traffic signal, Mehrauli-Mahipalpur route to the Delhi Airport, near Zakir Hussain College, Ramlila Maidan, and civic centre in central Delhi.
Heavy traffic congestion was reported on the carriageway of RTR Marg from Vasant Kunj towards the IGI airport, the traffic police said, adding waterlogging also led to congestion at Okhla Mandi, Badarpur railway underpass, under IP flyover, under Modi mill flyover, Jawaharlal Nehru Road and other areas.
In Ghaziabad, many schools remained closed under the directions of the district magistrate on account of heavy rains and adverse weather conditions.
(With PTI inputs)