pleasant weather but also congestion and traffic jams in several areas. The relative humidity recorded at 8:30 a.m. was 95%, according to the IMD bulletin.

Delhi’s Air Quality Index (AQI) recorded in the correct category (38) at around 9:30 a.m., according to data from the System of Air Quality and Weather Research and Forecasting (SAFAR) . An AQI between zero and 50 is considered good, 51 and 100 satisfactory, 101 and 200 moderate, 201 and 300 poor, 301 and 400 very poor, and 401 and 500 severe.

Heavy rains hit Mumbai overnight and Friday morning, with the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) predicting light showers in an isolated location on Saturday. The IMD also issued an ‘orange’ alert predicting heavy to very heavy rain in neighboring districts of Palghar and Thane on Saturday.

Intense rains hit several states such as Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan on Friday, disrupting daily life. Rain-related deaths and injuries were also reported as the walls of houses collapsed amid the downpour. At least 22 people have been killed in Uttar Pradesh, including nine laborers who were buried alive under rubble when a wall under construction in the state capital collapsed on their huts.

The Chief Minister’s office said in a statement that the state government had announced financial assistance of Rs 4 lakh each to the family of the deceased. Deputy Chief Minister Brajesh Pathak, who represents Lucknow Cantonment Assembly Constituency in the State Assembly, visited the site and later Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Hospital (Civilian) and spoke inquires about the welfare of injured persons who are admitted.

In Maharashtra, two people are feared to have died in rain-related incidents in Bhiwandi on Friday, city officials said. A man fell into a “nullah” (major drain) at Kamba in Subhash Nagar at 5 p.m. and a girl from Azmi Nagar in Diwanshah Dargah was washed away in another body of water half an hour later, a- he declared.

“Both have not yet been found. Search operations are ongoing at both sites,” he said. There were no rain-related injuries in Palghar during the day, a informed Vivekanand Kadam, District Disaster Control Officer.

The city of Pune and adjacent areas received heavy rain on Friday, although the IMD said the intensity of the downpour would lessen over the next two days. As the weather system moves north, from Saturday the city will experience less rainfall over the next two days, said Anupam Kashyapi, head of IMD’s Pune unit.

Heavy rains have raised water levels at dams in the area over the past 24 hours, officials said. “The Khadakwasla dam, near the town, is now 100% full and 30,000 cusec (cubic feet per second) of water had to be discharged. Water flows over the deck of the Baba Bhide Bridge. The level of the Mula Mutha River has risen due to the overflow of water from the Khadakwasla Dam,” an official said.

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