Due to rain in Punjab, the maximum temperature on Friday recorded a drop of 8.8 degree Celsius as compared to Thursday. The Meteorological Department has issued a yellow alert on March 31, April 1, 3 and 4. There is a possibility of strong wind, rain and hailstorm in most parts of Punjab on April 3.
In Punjab, the rains that started on Thursday continued till Friday afternoon. This has caused huge damage to the wheat crop. The rains have also affected the wheat procurement season starting from April 1. Experts say that there will be a delay of up to 10 days in drying up of the field and harvesting. This will also affect the purchase. Hundreds of acres of wheat crop have been spread in the fields in the state.
In Patiala district itself, wheat crop has been damaged on 72 thousand hectare area due to unseasonal rains and hailstorm. The Agriculture Department has expressed the apprehension of less yield somewhere between 20 percent and 30 to 35 percent. Harinder Singh, Chief Agriculture Officer, Patiala said that there is a danger of further damage to the crops in the coming days. He has advised the farmers not to allow water to stagnate in the fields. Teams of Agriculture Department visited different districts to find out the damage caused to wheat crops due to rain and hailstorm. Girdawari orders have been issued to all revenue officers.
In Gurdaspur, the DC has instructed the jobbers to complete the arrangements of the mandis before the start of the wheat procurement season. A team of Agriculture Department reached village Hamza of Majitha block town of Amritsar to investigate late blight disease of early tomato crop. Deputy Director of the department Tajinder Singh said that there has been a lot of damage to the crop. On the other hand, due to 66 per cent vacancies of Patwaris in Barnala, there is difficulty in carrying out Girdawari.
Highest rainfall in Ferozepur, yellow alert for four days
Due to rain in Punjab, the maximum temperature on Friday recorded a drop of 8.8 degree Celsius as compared to Thursday. The Meteorological Department has issued a yellow alert on March 31, April 1, 3 and 4.
There is a possibility of strong wind, rain and hailstorm in most parts of Punjab on April 3. Winds will blow at a speed of 30.40 km on April 1 and 4. There are chances of rain on this day as well. According to Manmohan Singh, director of the Chandigarh center of the Meteorological Department, the weather in Punjab will be clear from April 5.
In Punjab, Patiala received 22.3 mm of rain till 8.30 am on Friday. At the same time, till 5.30 pm, maximum rainfall was recorded in Ferozepur at 24.5 mm, Hoshiarpur at 20.5 mm and Jalandhar at 13 mm.
Lightning fell in Ferozepur, burnt electrical equipment
In Ferozepur on Friday evening, electrical goods were burnt in 10 houses of Suraj Nagri due to lightning. The wiring of people’s houses got blown. Apart from LCD, television, inverter, mobile, other devices were blown up. Shiv Narayan told that lightning fell on his house. The LCD TV, inverter and wiring were completely gutted. Similarly, the goods of 10 houses in his colony have been damaged.