Average rainfall up in Punjab, Haryana during monsoon

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Chandigarh, Oct 4 (UNI) Punjab and Haryana have recorded increased amount of average rainfall while Himachal Pradesh registered less downpour during the monsoon that withdrew recently from the region.

According to the data available from the Weather Office here, Punjab recorded 600 mm rain and Haryana 538 mm downpour which were 20 per cent and 14 per cent repectively above normal average rainfall in the twin states.

However, Himachal Pradesh registered 739 mm rain which was five per cent less than normal average rain in the state, Metrological Director Chatter Singh said.

In Punjab, except Ferozepur and Fatehgarh Sahib districts, which experienced decreased amount of rainfall measuring 150 mm and 212 mm, the remaining districts recorded more than average rain with Patiala and Kapurthala measuring 100 per cent increase .

The cotton belt comprising districts of Bhatinda, Faridkot, Moga, Muktsar and Sangrur and paddy growing areas comprising Gurdaspur, Amritsar, Patiala, Hoshiarpur, Jalandhar, Kapurthala and Ludhiana had substantial amount of rainfall, The rainfall was high in most districts of Haryana, except Karnal, Kurukshetra, Panchkula, Panipat and Yamunanagar which respectively recorded 13%, 50%, 39%, 25% and 5% less rain than average rainfall.

Himachal Pradesh, where monsoon rain wrecked havoc in most areas, recorded 739 mm which was less than average rainfall of 774 mm.

While Chamba, Kangra, Mandi, Sirmour and tribal Lahaul Spiti district recorded decreased amount of rain, the remaining districts of Bilaspur, Hamirpur, Kullu, Solan, Una and tribal Kinnaur district measured increased amount of rainfall.

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