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Heavy rains, hailstorm damage crops in northwest India

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Heavy rains, accompanied with hailstorms, hitting northwest for past three days have damaged standing crops, raising concerns over the overall output and the quality this season.

Light to heavy rainfall lashed parts of Delhi-on Thursday with Dwaraka, and experiencing

Hailstorms, accompanied with rains and high velocity winds, also hit and over the last 24 hours, leaving behind uprooted trees and broken branches.

Met officials said that rain and strong winds could hit the region in the next 24 hours. The rains led to the maximum temperature in the region dipping by four to five degrees Celsius in many places.

and its surrounding areas were lashed by moderate to heavy rain since Thursday, accompanied by strong winds.

The stormy weather also hit standing crops in many parts of both agrarian states and the governments have directed their revenue departments to conduct 'girdawari' (assessment of crop damage), mainly wheat, officials said.

"The standing wheat crop, which would have been harvested in mid-April, has been flattened by the rain and strong winds. The damaged crop cannot be retrieved," Gurmit Singh, a near Punjab's Ropar town, 50 km from Chandigarh, told IANS.

Wheat, maize, peas are the other Rabi crops that have reported substantial damages in

Jasbir Bains, of the state Agriculture Department, said an assessment of the damages would be done once the rains stop.

Karnal-based said the wheat crop can be damaged if the rainfall exceeds 20 mm and water does not recede from the fields in two to three days time.

A senior said the will have a negative impact on the crops -- mustard, maize, and wheat -- that were still in the flowering stage.

"Wherever, these crops have passed the flowering and fruiting stages, the rains may not damage them much. Those still in the initial stage of cultivation would certainly be impacted," said the

He said there cannot be a certain assessment of the damages to wheat since cultivation period differ from place to place.

The government has estimated the wheat output to be about record 99.7 million tonnes this year.

In other parts of north India, farmers said horticulture crops, particularly, potato were badly damaged while the impact on wheat and mustard crops would be known after a few days.

from Uttar Pradesh's Muzaffarnagar, said potato harvest in his area would be very low this time due to the incessant rains coupled with hitting the fields for past two days.

"Farmers in our region were earlier worried over price fall. Now, the crop has been damaged due to hailstorm and water-logging," he said.

Singh further said potato output would not just lower but the quality would also suffer.

According to (IMD), with isolated reported from Rajpura, Nabha, SAS Nagar, and districts of with temperature dipping to 4.8 degree Celsius in the state.

Similarly, with isolated hail was reported in and Kurukshetra, and western

An IMD said actual data about the rainfall in Delhi-will be known on Friday morning.

The rainfall in Punjab ranged 4 to 39 mm while it was recorded between 2.2 to 5.6 mm in

In western Uttar Pradesh, the highest rainfall was registered in Meerut, at about 13.8 mm.

The IMD has warned of thunderstorm with isolated hailstorm and strong surface winds with speed of 25-30 kmph at certain places in Punjab and on Friday.

Mahesh Palawat, of private weather agency Skymet, said the western disturbance over Jammu & and and cyclonic circulation over Punjab were the factors for the thunderstorm.

There will be a dip in the temperature in Delhi-to 7 degrees Celsius in next two days, he added.

Palawat said the western disturbance has started moving eastwards, which means rains will gradually recede from

However, there will heavy rains in eastern Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, and northen districts of in days to come, he said.



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First Published: Thu, February 07 2019. 22:02 IST