The rainfall deficit was as high as 65 percent each in the two states and in the capital Chandigarh during the June-August period this year.

According to the data available in June 1to September 15 this year, Punjab received a rainfall of 242.5 mm, against a normal of 454.8 mm for the period, resulting in a deficit of 47 percent, an official of Chandigarh's MeT department said.

In neighbouring Haryana, which has already been declared as drought-hit by the state government, the rainfall received during June 1-September 15 was 199 mm as against a normal of 434.2 mm, leaving a deficit of 54 percent.

Union Territory Chandigarh had received 354.5 mm of rain between the period as against normal of 780.2 mm, resulting in deficit of 55 percent, the official said.

However, the deficit has come down after receiving good amount of rain between September 1-15, he said.

He further said that in Punjab, places including Barnala (deficit of 81 percent against normal), Sangrur (66 percent), Mansa (69 percent) were among those places to receive scanty rains.

However, places like Kapurthala and Muktsar received excess rain than normal, with 391.8 mm (normal 388.1 mm) and 305.6 mm (normal 295.6 mm) lashing the two places during the June 1-September 15 period, with bulk rains coming down during the last fortnight.

Other places in Haryana to receive poor rain include Fatehabad (deficit of 70 percent against normal), Rohtak (down 80 percent), Sonipat (down 68 percent) while places like Yamunanagar (down 35 percent) were slightly better in comparison.

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