Chandigarh: Heavy rains lashed parts of Punjab and Haryana on Tuesday causing the mercury to settle a few notches below normal. Chandigarh received heavy rains on Tuesday morning while Dasuya was the wettest place with 104 mm of showers.

Rain affected areas

Other places in the state which received showers are Amritsar (18.9 mm), Ludhiana (6.8 mm), Patiala (3mm), Madhopur (32 mm), Ranjit Sagar Dam (57.8 mm), Shahpur Kandi area (37 mm), Nangal Dam area (70.6 mm), Gurdaspur (78 mm), Batala 27 mm), Hoshiarpur (52 mm), Mukerian (66 mm), Garshankar (44 mm), Nakodar 30 (mm), Phillaur (57 mm), Kapurthala (100 mm) and Nawanshahr (50.2 mm).

In Haryana, Sirsa (14 mm), Kaithal (10 mm), Kurukshetra (1 mm), Karnal (1 mm), Bhiwani (1.4 mm), Yamunanagar (30 mm) and Panchkula (11 mm) were among the places which received rains.

During the past few days, the south-west monsoon has been quite active in the region and rains have caused the mercury to fall in the two states and Chandigarh by a few notches.

Meanwhile, the heavy downpour is worrying farmers in some parts of Punjab, as they think that the continuous rains at this time of the year may damage their paddy crop.

"Since this is the time when the crops ripen, rain can discolour the grains, harming its sheen and quality," a farmer in Phagwara said.

Farmers’ concern

The farmer was also concerned that the accompanying wind could flatten the crop, leaving the grains shrivelled and damaging the yield.

Though agriculture experts don't think that any harm could be done to the paddy crop by the current spell of monsoon, they do not rule it out in case more heavy rains come in the days to come.

Punjab and Haryana, two of the states leading in agricultural production in India, were facing heavy deficit of monsoon rains till early August, but moderate to heavy rains during the past over a month have considerably brought down the deficit, weather officials said.


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