Rain lashed parts of Punjab, causing waterlogging in many districts and also lowering the mercury by a few notches.
Mansa was the worst hit, with heavy rains falling early in the morning and by 9am most markets were flooded. Shops remained closed for the day and local residents faced many inconveniences.
Mansa resident Amritpal Singh said: “Water entered the shops and even many houses. People were concerned and we were busy draining the water. If Mansa is completely paralyzed with just 20mm of rainfall, I wonder how much more the other areas of the state will be affected.”
Lawyer Gurlabh Singh Mahal added that bus stops and all main markets are knee-deep in water. “A wall of the district administration complex was also damaged. However, the situation was worse in Sangrur, Sunam and Samana,” he said, adding that low-lying areas in Bathinda and Ludhiana also remained waterlogged.
Bhakar Singh, a resident of Talwandi Sabo, said that water entered his house and he faced many inconveniences due to chaotic traffic on the road.
While a road collapsed in Amritsar after heavy rains, traffic on roads in Ludhiana, Ferozepur, Pakhowal, Gill, GNE and Dugri areas was muddled.
Activist Kuldeep Singh Khaira said: “The potholes on the GNE road have become even bigger after Saturday’s rains. This new government did not carry out any repair work before the monsoon. At least patching work should have been done on the already damaged roads. The CM has to do a lap on these roads, only then will he understand how we live.”
Markets in Barnala also remained closed for most of the day after 10mm of rain fell.
According to the Indian Metrological Department (IMD) report, Sunam recorded 70mm of rainfall in the last 24 hours, followed by Patiala (50mm), Amritsar (40mm) and Sangrur (30mm).
For Sunday, IMD has forecast light rains in remote places in West Malwa and a heavy spell in East Malwa. Punjab’s Majha and Doaba regions are also expected to receive downpours on Sunday.
Meanwhile, incessant rains could damage kharif crops, especially rice and cotton, in many places in Punjab, farm experts said on Saturday. In addition to delaying the harvest, the premature rain will affect not only the yield but also the quality of the crop, they said.
“Rain at this stage, if it lasts two to three days, will affect the kharif crop. It will affect the yield and quality of the rice crop at the harvest stage,” said PAU Director Gurwinder Singh, adding that rain accompanied by wind can flatten the rice crop, making harvesting difficult.
PAU VC Dr. SS Gosal said rain will lead to excessive moisture levels in the crop, which may be the case
lead to a deterioration in quality. “There’s also the possibility of grain discoloration,” he added.