Western disturbance and an upper air cyclonic circulation prevailing over central India caused widespread rain on Thursday. Malwa-Nimad, which occupies large swathes of western Madhya Pradesh, shivered as cold winds blew across the region amidst broken but brisk spells of winter rains slumping day temperature several notches below normal.
Cold and rains kept people housebound and streets and main markets appeared deserted. Virtually, it was no sunday. Though winter rains known as 'Mavatha' in local dialect is considered good for Rabi crops, agriculture experts say more rains will damage wheat, gram, pulses and vegetables.
But here is good news. Assistant meteorologist RR Tripathi said rains will subside by Friday afternoon as western disturbance and upper air cyclonic circulation will weaken by then. "But expect rains till Friday morning," he said. HT brings excerpts of cold condition prevailing in Indore's surrounding district.
DHAR: Though rains disrupted normal life, they made farmers happy. The rains ended their worries about irrigation and cost accrued on it. "Winter rains act as elixir for Rabi crops," agriculture department deputy director R P Kaneriya said. Navasa's farmer Lakhan Singh said winter rains have reduced cultivation cost by 25% as they don’t have to bother about irrigating farms.
DEWAS: Western disturbances which caused rains on Wednesday night continued till Thursday. Residents stayed off the roads as cold winds lashed the city. Minimum temperatures fell by four degrees Celsius. In Kalibai village, farmer Ramesh Gond died of lightning when it pierced through a tree beneath which he and his wife had taken shelter from rains. His wife received severe burns.
UJJAIN: Medium to heavy rains lashed city which kept people housebound in many areas. City recorded maximum temperature of 18.5 degrees Celsius, while minimum temperature was 14.5 degrees Celsius.
Rains also caused frequent power disruption. Residents reeled under cold as power cuts switched off heaters frequently. Areas like Nagda, Khachrod, Unhel, Badnagar, Ghattiya received rains.
KHANDWA: Rainfall accompanied by thunderstorm lashed several parts of the city and surrounding areas. The rains have caused partial damage to Rabi crops like wheat, tomato, onion and pulses.
Rains which threw life out of normal gear were heavy in city's main areas. Khandwa recorded maximum temperature 20.1 degrees Celsius. Minimum temperature was 11.2 degrees Celsius.
KHARGONE: District received two inches of rains in last 24 hours recharging local rivulets and nullahs. Rains which began at Wednesday midnight continued till 2pm on Thursday.
Rains and cold winds forced people to stay indoors. The wheat crops bearing ears titled on ground due to rains. According to agriculture officer Reval Singh Sisodiya, rain will benefit underdeveloped crops but harm fully grown ones.
(Inputs from Sunil Magariya, Sunil Kerhalkar, Yadavendra Singh, Nitin Gupta, Chhotu Shastri)