New Delhi: The progress of the monsoon through the season is bringing joy mixed with sorrow in different parts of the country. Heavy rains have been wreaking havoc in the hilly regions of the country as well as the north east causing loss of life and property. The met department has issued warnings for the coming week.
However, there is good news for farmers. North-West India is no longer in the deficit but rainfall is now 12% above normal. The total sown area as now, as per reports received from States, stands at 563.35 lakh hectare as compared to 346.34 lakh hectare at this time last year. This is over 61 % more than last year at this date.
Four persons were killed in a series of cloudbursts that struck near Sonamarg, a place en route to the Amarnath Yatra, forcing temporary suspension of the pilgrimage. Cause of cloudburst in the valley is due to heavy downpour on Thursday evening. Natural calamity has damaged many roads and houses. According to Srinagar police, cloudburst occurred in Kullan and Gagangir village.
There is a temporary suspension of Amarnath yatra from Baltal and Pahalgam routes. Efforts are made to remove the debris that has blocked the road leading to Baltal base camp. Army has stepped in to help Jammu and Kashmir government to cope with the nature’s fury. The Srinagar-Leh highway was closed after the cloud burst. Army mounted has a relief operation to clear the national highway.
Two Spanish and two civil engineers were rescued by the Army from the affected area after the natural calamity. The Weatherman has forecast more rains over the next 24 hours across Kashmir.
In Assam around 174 villages in 4 districts are affected due to flood. Communication has disrupted in the affected areas. Brahamaputra, Nematighat and Jiya Barali river in Sonitpur district are above the danger mark.
In Uttarakhand too, due to heavy downpour, landslides occurred in many places. Dehradoon- Mussori road has damaged. Heavy rainfall in Haridwar resulted in waterlogging.
On Friday, Rainfall occurred in Delhi and NCR. Met dept has issued alert of heavy rainfall in the coming days. Punjab and Haryana witnessed heavy downpour since Thursday late evening. As result, the temperature has come down in these two states. Though rain has caused damage in many parts of the country but it is beneficial for kharif crop.
According to Met dept, so far monsoon seems to be favourable this year. In North West, rainfall recorded is 12 % above normal which is good news for farmers.
Source: DD NEWS