Scattered rain, no relief

Paddy growers disappointed

Scattered rain, no relief

Women cross a waterlogged road in Bathinda. Pawan Sharma

Bathinda, July 10

Mild to moderate rain in the city brought much-needed respite from sultry weather conditions on Saturday. But the rain remained restricted to only city area, and farmers, who are facing difficulty in paddy sowing due to power cuts, were left disheartened. There was barely any rain in villages of Talwandi Sabo, Rama, Sangat and Goniana blocks.

The city witnessed 12 mm rain on Saturday. Meanwhile, ill-preparedness of the Municipal Corporation of Bathinda came to fore yet again as many low-lying areas saw waterlogging due the to the rain that lasted 20 minutes.

Owing to frequent power cuts, paddy sowing in many villages has been affected these days. Many farmers have opted to draw water by using diesel-run water pumps, rising their input costs. As per the meteorological department officials, mild to moderate rain is expected in the Malwa region. — TNS

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