Two persons were killed in Hoshiarpur as the south-west monsoon which had so far been "weak" in Punjab and Haryana turned "vigorous" during the past two days resulting in heavy downpour in the region on Wednesday.
Heavy rainfall claimed two lives in Punjab's Hoshiarpur district on Tuesday evening.
According to Deputy Commissioner, Hoshiarpur, Megh Raj, Manraj Singh, alias Mani, of village Malmazara, was washed in flood waters in Mehalnwali choe (seasonal rivulet) whereas Balbir Singh, of Mohalla Mugalpura was also buried alive under the debris when the wall of his house suddenly caved-in last evening. The body of Manraj Singh was yet to be recovered.
With heavy rains lashing the two states and Chandigarh, maximum temperatures registered a drastic fall by up to nine degrees below normal range, the Met said in Chandigarh.
Chandigarh was the wettest place in the region on Wednesday getting drenched by 117.6 mm of rain. The maximum in Chandigarh was a pleasant 26.4 degrees celsius, down seven degrees below normal.
Ludhiana in Punjab registered a nine degree fall in its maximum which settled at 26 degrees celsius after receiving 23.4 mm of rain. The high at Patiala was 28.8 C, down five degrees, as the town received heavy downpour.
In Haryana, Ambala was drenched by 85 mm of rain and the maximum dropped to 27.8 C, down six notches. Karnal also had a pleasant day at 28 degrees celsius, down six degrees after receiving a rainfall of 16.4 mm.
The Met said that monsoon was now in "vigorous" mode in Punjab and many parts of Haryana.
They have forecast moderate to rather heavy rain or thunder showers are likely to occur at many places in the two states and Chandigarh during the next two days.