Widespread rainfall accompanied by high-velocity winds at some places lashed vast swathes of Punjab and Haryana on Wednesday, with opposition parties demanding a revenue survey to assess the crop loss.
The maximum temperatures dropped by several notches after the rains, Meteorological Department officials said.
The day temperatures settled between 23 and 26 degrees Celsius at most places in the two states and Chandigarh, hovering eight to 11 notches below normal limits, they said.
Chandigarh, the common capital of the two states, was also lashed by rains during the day.
The change in weather was caused by a western disturbance, weather officials said. There were also report of hailstorm lashing few places in the two states.
In a statement here, Badal also demanded interim relief and compensation to the farmers. He said that every affected farmer must be paid a minimum of Rs 15,000 per acre as compensation.
A special 'girdawari' must be ordered as quickly as possible because revenue officials might soon get busy with poll duties in view of Punjab's 13 Lok Sabha seats going to polls next month and this may result in delay in relief and disbursal of compensation to affected farmers, Badal said.
Cheema urged the government to get a 'girdawari' done on a priority basis to assess the losses and release compensation to the affected farmers within a given time frame.
Meanwhile, Haryana's Finance and Revenue Minister Abhimanyu said the Revenue Department has been asked to immediately prepare a report on the loss caused to crops due to untimely rains, hailstorm and high speed winds.
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