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Himachal receives snow and precipitation, weather bureau issues orange alert

Himachal Pradesh Rains: He also predicted a period of rain in the region till March 28.


Higher reaches and tribal areas received another mild spell of snowfall, with Kadhrala and Gondla receiving 3cm and 1cm of snowfall, while the middle and lower hills were hit with light to moderate rain, according to the meteorological service. .

Light to heavy rains over the past week reduced the rainfall deficit from 86% on March 15 to 54% on March 22, as the state received 39.1 mm of rain compared to a normal rainfall of 85.5 mm in the March until today.

The rains are benefiting vegetable crops, especially at the transplanting stage in Solan and Sirmaur districts, Director of Agriculture Rajesh Kaushik told PTI.

The rains are also considered good for wheat crops during the grain formation phase, he added. Wheat is produced on 3.30 lakh hectare in the state with a production target of 6.17 lakh MT (metric ton) while an area of ​​82,000 hectares is proposed to be covered with vegetables with a production target of 1,759,000 MT.

The state experienced an overall rainfall deficit of about 36% from January 1 to February 28, which was nearly 100% in December of last year.

About 10-15% of total crops in Rabi have been damaged in the state due to insufficient rains and maximum damage of up to 33% has been reported in rainfed areas, agriculture department officials have claimed. .

Light to moderate rains hit several parts of the state during which Sundernagar received 34mm of rain followed by Mandi at 26mm, Dalhousie 24mm, Chauri 21mm, Narkanda 19mm, Palampur 14mm, Dharmshala, Pandoh and Nahan 13mm each, Kothi and Janjehli 12mm each, Gohar 11mm, Aghar, Shillaro, Banjar and Karsog 10mm each.

The local meteorological office (MeT) issued an orange warning for thunderstorms, lightning and hail on March 24 in six districts including Una, Kangra, Kullu, Mandi, Shimla and Solan and a yellow warning for the same in all six other districts of the state.

He also predicted a period of rain in the region until March 28.

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