Heavy rains warning issued for Gujarat, Assam, West Bengal, Odisha; North India reels under heat wave


New Delhi: Eleven people were killed in rain and lightning-related incidents in the country, even as northern parts of India on Monday reeled under hot weather conditions.

Heavy showers pounded Mumbai and adjoining Thane district as Southwest Monsoon picked up momentum in the region. In western India, heavy rains lashed several parts of south Gujarat, particularly Valsad, Surat and Navsari districts, causing water-logging and throwing normal life out of gear in the region.

In West Bengal, five people were killed in lightning strikes and one drowned after heavy monsoon rains and thunderstorms lashed the state on Monday morning, a state disaster management official said. He said a seven-year-old boy was killed in Purulia district and two others were killed in North 24 Parganas district due to lightning strikes. The official said a woman and a man of South 24 Parganas district were also killed in lightning strikes. In Cooch Behar district, an 18-year-old person drowned in Sutunga river in Mekhliganj during the rains, he added, PTI reported.

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