Heavy rain leaves 12 dead in Rajasthan; farmers’ crops damaged

Seven deaths were reported from Dholpur district and five deaths from Bharatpur district of the desert state

The Hush Post: At least 12 people died when heavy rain and thunderstorm lashed several parts of Rajasthan, particularly in Dholpur and Bharatpur districts on Wednesday. Seven deaths were reported from Badead locality in Dholpur district and five deaths were reported from Bharatpur district of the state.

Heavy rain and thunderstorms lashed large parts of Rajasthan on Wednesday, NDTV reported on Thursday.

In about six villages of Dholpur district, the deaths were reported as roofs and walls of houses collapsed due to heavy rains. Besides, at some places fire was caused by short circuit in seven houses which left four people dead. In several areas streets got submerged in rain water in Dholpur. Movement of trains was also affected due to train on the Agra-Dholpur rail line.

The weather had taken a sudden change on Wednesday with heavy rain lashing northwestern parts of the country and in isolated places, 100KMPH winds throwing normal life out of gear. For the last couple of days, the National Capital Region (NCR) has been witnessing wet weather. Thunderstorms uprooted trees in many areas of the capital, the report said.

The hilly states of Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and Uttarakhand also witnessed thundershowers during last two days. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) office said squally weather will continue till April 15.

An IMD report said that maximum temperatures will not exceed 37 degrees Celsius next week.

Meanwhile, rain and hailstorm in Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh (UP) have damaged the ripe wheat and other rabi crops that were ready for harvesting. Unseasonal rain has delayed harvesting of crops by a week.

Farmers have started protesting crop losses due to hailstorm and on Thursday a number of farmers blocked the Mathura Expressway a news agency reported. “There is nothing left now, more than 80 per cent of the crop has been destroyed,” farmers were quoted as saying.

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