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Western disturbance: IMD, Skymet predict rains again

Last modified March 22, 2016 09:49

The Financial Express. New Delhi, 17 March 2016

After unseasonal rains lashed many parts of northern states recently, India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted thunderstorms accompanied by hail over the northern states of Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Punjab in the next couple of days. An agriculture ministry official told that there are reports of unseasonal rains and hailstorm in the past few days damaging rabi crops such as wheat and mustard in parts of Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. “We are awaiting reports from the states on the extent of impact of these unseasonal rains on rabi crops before we send our team to assess damages,” an agriculture ministry official said. The official said that the impact of rains and hailstorm is less than last year when as many as 15 states were affected due to rains for a longer period during the middle of the harvest season.

“A fresh western disturbance is likely to affect western Himalayan region from 16th and northern plains of northwest India from March 17,” IMD stated in its latest weather bulletin. The met department has said that rain and thundershowers likely at a few places over east, central India and at isolated places over north-eastern states and peninsular India in the next few days. Even the private weather forecaster Skymet has said another western disturbance is approaching North India and is likely to affect March 16 onwards. “During the next 24 hours, clear weather conditions are likely to return to hills of North India. Isolated rain is likely over Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha and sub-Himalayan West Bengal and few parts of Northeast India,” Skymet said in its latest weather bulletin.

Source: Agriculture Today, AgriNews, <sanjay.km15@gmail.com>

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