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Rains lash parts of Punjab and Haryana; farmers worried


Chandigarh:  Moderate to heavy rains lashed many places in Punjab and Haryana today, increasing worries of farmers whose crops had already suffered damage due to heavy spell of showers earlier this month.

A MeT Department official said besides Chandigarh, rains lashed Ludhiana, Mansa, Nawanshehr, Patiala, Amritsar, Mohali and Jalandhar in Punjab while Gurgaon, Ambala, Panchkula, Hisar and Mahendergarh in Haryana saw moderate to heavy showers.

The Haryana government has already said the wheat crop is likely to take a hit due to the spells of heavy rains and hailstorms recently.

Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said that due to unseasonal heavy rains and hailstorm during this month, Rabi crops have suffered a heavy loss.

Khattar had earlier said a team from Centre would be visiting the state to survey and assess the damage.

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal too has sought compensation from the Union government for the farmers whose wheat crops have been damaged due to the unseasonal rain.

Expressing a fear of heavy loss of crops, Dilawar Singh, a Patiala based farmer said, “The latest spell of showers has dealt a severe blow to us. The farmers are already facing numerous hardships and now the weather is playing a cruel joke with us”.

Meanwhile, the MeT official said the weather will improve tomorrow and mainly sunny weather will prevail at most places in the two states.

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