Relief rains on Patiala residents; monsoon around the corner
Ending over a month-long dry and excruciating spell of heat, rain finally brought a sigh of relief for Patiala residents today. The showers that rained for one-and-a-half hours brought down the mercury sharply and raised the sagging spirits of residents and farmers alike.punjab Updated: Jul 06, 2012 23:26 IST
Ending over a month-long dry and excruciating spell of heat, rain finally brought a sigh of relief for Patiala residents on Friday. The showers that rained for one-and-a-half hours brought down the mercury sharply and raised the sagging spirits of residents and farmers alike.
Meteorological department officials reported the district of Patiala received 12.8-mm of rains. The department predicted more rains with thundershowers, and a further dip in the temperature for today.
More good news came from the Doplar Radar Centre in Punjabi University, Patiala. The centre predicted that the monsoon was finally on its way to the region. "Now we can expect the monsoon to hit Punjab in the next one or two days," said chief scientist at the centre, JR Parsad.
The rain came along with cool winds dipping the temperature on Friday.
The city recorded 35.8 degrees Celsius (maximum) and 25.7 degree (minimum) temperature. On Thursday, the maximum temperature was recorded at 38.4 degree Celsius and the minimum at 29 degrees. For the larger part of the bygone month the mercury was hovering around 45 degrees in the region.
Heaving a sigh of relief at the sight of rains, Davinder Singh, a farmer from village Ramgarh said, "In the absence of the rain and the ongoing power crisis, we are yet to sow paddy. A good downpour in the next week or so can still save our crop."
The short spell of rain, however, exposed the tall claims of the local civic body in the city.
Several roads were flooded and the drains got choked.
Many areas, including the newly built Lower Mall main road and Model Town, were flooded.
Krishan Lal, a resident of Dhobi Ghat complained, "There are pools of water filled with garbage all over my street. It's difficult to walk."
Amarjit Singh, a shopkeeper and resident of Khalsa Mohalla, said, "The city cannot withstand an hour of rain. Waterlogging is a serious issue in our colony. The civic body has done nothing despite our persistent demands."