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Rain, high-velocity winds spell chaos

Trees, power poles uprooted at few places; hailstorm in Jagraon, Sidhwan Bet

Rain, high-velocity winds spell chaos

Uprooted trees on the South City road due to high-velocity winds. Himanshu Mahajan



Tribune News Service

Manav Mander

Ludhiana, March 2

The city today received 9.8 mm of rainfall along with high-velocity winds. Jagraon and Sidhwan Bet were hit by hailstorm, which also caused damages to the standing crops. In the city, electricity poles and trees were uprooted at a few places due to high-velocity winds.

Railings and power poles on the South City road due to high-velocity winds.Himanshu Mahajan

The maximum temperature today was 23°C while minimum was 16.4°C as recorded by the Department of Climate Change and Agricultural Meteorology, Punjab Agricultural University.

Advisory

  • Keep harvested crop in a safe place
  • Avoid irrigation and application of fertilisers, pesticides in view of expected rain/thunderstorm
  • Follow detailed agro advisories issued separately
  • During thunderstorm/hailstorm avoid going out and don’t take shelter under trees
  • Drive carefully amid rain

Trees and electricity poles were seen uprooted at a few places in the city due to the gusty winds. On South City Road, the railings alongside the road also got uprooted.

Pavneet Kaur Kingra, head of the Department of Climate Change and Agricultural Meteorology, PAU, said the forecast includes showers at isolated places and after that the weather would be cleared.

Chief Agriculture Officer Narinder Singh said hailstorm at Jagraon and Sidhwan Bet had damaged the mustard and potato crops while wheat crop, which had been freshly irrigated, had also been harmed.

The Agriculture Department is accessing the damages caused to the crops at these places.

Sukhwant Singh, a farmer from a village near Jagraon, said his potato crop had been damaged. “Stem injury is the main reason for crop loss due to hail,” he said. Another farmer said his wheat crop was freshly irrigated and rain and hailstorm led to lodging of the crop. “The weather last year also caused damages to my wheat crop and I have to bear the brunt this year as well,” he said.

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