THE RESIDENTS were caught by surprise, as heavy rains lashed eastern and central parts of Indore for an hour on Friday evening.
Local weather bureau said circulation of upper air over northwest Madhya Pradesh and adjoining areas extending between 3.1 and 4.5 km above sea level caused the rainfall. It has forecast similar rains in northwest and eastern MP in next 24 hours.
Rains accompanied by thunder turned the winds cool. Roads that had received fresh coat of bitumen last week peeled off at most places, while potholes surfaced on thoroughfares awaiting repair.
Sans umbrella and raincoats, pedestrians and two-wheeler riders rushed for cover on roadsides. Housewives who went on a post-Diwali shopping spree were stuck midway with carry bags full of household goodies.
Office-goers found themselves in a tricky situation, as those planning to leave early had to stay put. Notwithstanding urban life, experts hold that rains received till November 15 would be a boon for agriculture, specially the villages that are facing power crisis and lack irrigation facilities.
The farmers have sown wheat, gram, potato and other vegetables this Rabi season and rains would save them the trouble of irrigating the freshly sown seeds. They would also save water for one round of irrigation needed before sowing.
According to preliminary reports, wheat has been sown on 24,000 hectares in the district while gram and potato sowing has been completed in 20,000 and 12,000 hectares, respectively. This is against target to sow wheat in 1.32 lakh hectares, gram in 40,000 hectares and potato and other vegetables in 26,500 hectares, Agriculture Deputy Director Vijay Agrawal said.
Meanwhile, there were also reports of mild rains occurring in Gautampura, Betma, Karjoda and Akaheda villages of Depalpur tehsil on Thursday.