New Delhi/Lucknow, Jan 17 : Unseasonal rainfall continued for the second day on Friday in parts of north India, plunging the mercury as farmers worried over crop loss. National Capital received showers in small hours of Friday. Met recorded 16.8 mm rainfall till 0830 hrs, water logging the city roads and leading to traffic snarls.
As many as 37 districts of Uttar Pradesh recorded an average of 13.4 mm rain. A UNI report from Lucknow quoted an agricultural scientist, that the rain was neither good for farming nor for domesticated animals. In Basti district, 'dalahni' and 'tilahani' crops were damaged. Statewide in UP, arhar, peas, gram, moong, mustard and sesame crops have been affected. If the skyline does not clear, wheat, sugarcane, potato, cauliflowers and tomato crops will also be destroyed. In Haryana, too, growers are worried.
According to a report, fields of Rabi crops are flooded with water. On Friday, parts of Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar received. However, in Jammu and Kashmir, the sky cleared and train and flight services resumed. All incoming and outgoing flights operated normally from Srinagar International airport. Srinagar-Jammu national highway reopened for one-way traffic after remaining closed for four days due to snow and landslides. Traffic moved from Srinagar to Jammu while no vehicle was allowed from the opposite direction. The Srinagar-Leh national highway and Mughal road remained closed.
There was also no relief for people living in cutoff border towns of Keran, Karnah, Machil and dozens of far flung and remote villages, including those near the Line of Control which were under accumulation of seven to eight feet snow. Summer capital, Srinagar, remained under a white carpet. Authorities have pressed manpower and machines to clear the roads. On Friday, a low of minus 0.8 degrees C was registered. (UNI)