The weatherman today predicted rains in several parts of Himachal Pradesh tomorrow, giving some hope to farmers who are worried about the prolonged dry spell in the region. The MeT office said rain and thundershowers are likely in the lower and mid hills, and snow may occur in the higher hills from November 14 to 19. The monsoon ended with 15 per cent deficit, while the post monsoon deficit from October 1 to November 13 was 99 per cent, it said. The delay in rains has affected the sowing of rabi crops and farmers are worried. Adequate moisture with periodical rains is required for sowing as over 70 per cent of the cultivated area in the state is rainfed. The state gauged 0.4 mm of rainfall against the normal rainfall of 49.8 mm, while seven districts had 100 per cent rain deficit and five districts had 99 per cent deficit. Meanwhile, a thick blanket of fog engulfed the towns along major rivers affecting traffic in the morning hours. The people in lower areas reeled under severe cold conditions and school going children had a hard time.
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