India - Haryana records 23% more rainfall than normal

As per the rainfall report from the meteorology department of Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agriculture University (Hisar), Haryana has reported 26.1mm rainfall in the past 24 hours. A maximum of 67.3mm rainfall was reported in Kaithal, 66.3mm in Kurukshetra, 57.8mm in Ambala, 49.1mm in Karnal, and 45.3mm in Yamunanagar. Dr ML Khichar, head of the agriculture meteorological department at the university, said the overall rainfall recorded in Haryana this season is 235.4mm which is 23% more than the normal 191.4mm. “With persistence of the weather systems, the activity of monsoon is likely to continue over the state till July 31, due to which light to moderate rain and thundershowers are likely to occur at most places in state. There is also the possibility of heavy rain in some places,” he predicted. Waterlogging in many districts Heavy rain on Wednesday led to extensive waterlogging in urban and rural areas of the northern districts in state. Rain water entered many residential colonies in Kurukshetra and Panipat causing traffic jams. Residents of Noorwala Colony in Panipat, and Jogia Basti, Comrade Colony and Subhash Gali in Kurukshetra held protests terming this a failure of the administration and demanded action against officials concerned. Following the protests, authorities swung into action and instructions were issued to pump out water from these localities. The incessant rains also caused waterlogging in Gharaunda, Assandh, Indri and Nissing blocks, Pehowa, Shahbad, Ismailabad blocks in Kurukshetra. Due to rainfall, waterlogging and traffic snarls occurred in Hisar and Rohtak. Heavy rain in Ambala twin towns also lead to waterlogging and brought daily life to a standstill for almost the whole day. The rain started on Tuesday night and continued till Wednesday noon. As per the IMD, it rained 366% more than expected in Ambala. The district received 57.88mm rainfall compared to the expected 12.4mm on the day till 5pm. City MLA Aseem Goel was also seen in knee-deep flooded roads of Police Line with MC commissioner Dhirendra Khadgata. In Yamunanagar, other than the constant rain in divergent locations, Yamuna levels touched 1,59,757 cusec-mark at Hathnikund barrage at around noon after heavy rain in its catchment areas. DC Girish Arora said, “After it touched the 70k mark, an alert was sent to the stakeholders as per protocol. But later, it came down to 1.2 lakh cusec-mark.” Kurukshetra, Karnal farmers fear crop loss Farmers from Assandh and Gharaunda blocks faced problems of waterlogging as their crop was damaged. They said the government should compensate them. “My four acre got damaged and we are left with no other option but to uproot the crop,” said farmer Sandeep Kumar of Gharaunda. Karnal DC Nishant Kumar Yadav said there were reports of crop damage due to waterlogging in some parts of the district. He has written to the government for compensation or immediate relief to the farmers affected by this. However, district agriculture officers of Kurukshetra and Kaithal said no crop damage due to waterlogging is reported yet. ‘Recent rain saved standing paddy’ Rain and cloudy weather revived the standing paddy, cotton, bajra and other crops in Rohtak, Hisar, Bhiwani and parts of Jind, said experts. Rohtak deputy director (agriculture) Inder Singh said the recent rain in region will be a boon for the standing crop. “The recent rain has saved many standing crops,” he added. In many parts of Bhiwani’s Loharu and Siwani tehsils, farmers were unhappy due to poor monsoon as they could not grow any crop. Balbir Singh Takhan, state secretary of All India Kisan Sabha, said many villages in Siwani tehsil were not able to grow crops this time due to less rainfall. “There is no time to grow crops now. We demand the government to start an assessment and provide compensation to farmers. There is a drought-like situation in many areas,” he added. Source -

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