Heavy rain lashes Rajasthan, 14 Dead

Heavy rains killed at least 14 persons and rendered hundreds homeless in Rajasthan in the wee hours of Wednesday. Over 300 mm of rain was recorded in Jaipur tehsil and 170 mm in Jaipur city killing eight in the capital and two each in Jaipur rural, Dholpur and Dausa district. Normal life and vehicular traffic came to a standstill in several districts, including Sikar, Dausa, Jhunjhunu and Dholpur due to the heavy rains. The state capital reported its heaviest rainfall in over three decades on Tuesday. With the rains continuing for nearly four hours yesterday also, people spent a sleepless night as water gushed into their houses, damaging belongings. In several slum areas, people were forced to take shelter on rooftops.
The state capital reported its heaviest rainfall in over three decades on Wednesday. It didn't rain late on Wednesday night though. Authorities have decided to shut primary schools for the second day in a row. Roads in many areas of the city caved in and many areas remained waterlogged and rail traffic was affected as well. Around 20,000 people have been asked to move to safer places from low lying areas. The Army has been put on alert and the Prime Minister and the Chief Minister of Haryana BS Hooda have offered assistance to the Gehlot government. In the wake of heavy rains, the district administration has instructed private and government schools to declare a holiday for nursery to Class VI students.