Chandigarh: Widespread rains continued to lash vast swathes of Haryana and Punjab for the third consecutive day on Wednesday, even as rainfall deficiency, which hovered around 70 percent in the two states at the end of last month has narrowed down, the Met office said on Wednesday.
     
Chandigarh, the joint capital of the two states, was lashed by heavy rains on Wednesday.
    
In Haryana, Ambala (45.7 mm), Hisar (64.7 mm), Karnal (trace), Narnaul (73 mm), Rohtak (4.3 mm), Bhiwani (39.2 mm), Panchkula (40 mm) and Kalka (35 mm) were among other places to experience rains.
     
Meanwhile, the two states had received very less rains between June-July period but the rains in August have come as a boon for the farming community and are likely to ease the power situation.
     
In June, Punjab's rainfall deficiency stood at 77 percent as the state had received just 9.5 mm of rains, a MeT official said. By the end of July, this deficiency was 67 percent as the state had 71.7 mm of rain (June-July) but until August 22, Punjab had 135.1 mm of rain and the deficiency had come down to 63 percent, he said.
     
Haryana had just 4.3 mm rains in June and till July-end (June-July) the state had 57.8 mm of rain, with deficiency of 90 percent (as of June 30) and 72 percent (June-July). However until Wednesday, the state got 139.1 mm of rain, with bulk rainfall in August, bringing down the deficiency to 59 percent as of Wednesday, he said.
     
Chandigarh, which received 4.1 mm of rain in June, with deficiency of 97 percent, had received 272.5 mm rain till July end, with deficiency of 31 percent. During this month so far, Chandigarh got 461.1 mm of rain during the current monsoon, with deficiency of 28 percent, he said.

(Agencies)

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