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Rain brings relief, happiness
Prabhjot Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 2
Though late by a month, the south-west monsoon is finally here, in full vigour, to the great relief of not only farmers and powermen but also small scale industrialists, traders, businessmen and above all a common man.

Though moderate to heavy rain throughout the region has put normal life out of gear, it has brought cheers to everyone. A long unprecedented spell of dry weather has been broken at last.

Stray incidents of road accidents, disruption in power and telecommunication services, inundating of low lying areas and uprooting of trees, electric and telephone poles were reported from parts of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal and other nearby areas. Yet the rains have been better late than staying away from the region.

A drought-like situation which prevailed throughout the region until yesterday has been replaced by a near deluge because of continuous rainfall.

The Director of local Meteorological Centre, Mr S.C. Bhan, says that the monsoon is finally in “active phase” all over the region. Overcast sky, drop in temperature, widespread rain and cool breeze were all indicative of monsoon becoming active in the region.

Delhi and adjoining parts of Haryana had heavy rain.

Against 80 mm of rainfall recorded till August 1, the union capital recorded 60 mm during past 24 hours. Chandigarh had 122.5 mm of rainfall till this evening.

Sonepat, Panipat, Karnal, Kurukshetra, Ambala, Hisar in Haryana had good rain.

Power boards, which had been under tremendous pressure both from the government to ensure interrupted power supply to farm sector and also the consumers, had been making purchases from unallocated Central share as well as from surplus states at an exorbitant price.

But the rain since late last night, which was continuing till late in the evening, not only brought down the day and night temperatures considerably, but also relieved the pressure on power supply.

In many parts of the region, flood control machines have been activated following reports of flooding of low lying areas. The rivers, rivulets and other water channels had started flowing to their near normal capacity and the demand for irrigation through use of electric power had dropped significantly, both in Punjab and Haryana, during the past 24 hours.


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