Braj, 2019.04.18 (VT): Two days of rain has seen a sharp drop in temperatures in Braj. The wind storms, which are common in the Braj spring, broke several trees. The rains and hail that accompanied the windstorm caused floods and damage to the ripened wheat crop and cattle fodder crops.
The temperature in Braj has begun climbing up towards 40 degrees Celsius (100 F), but, the rains on Tuesday and Wednesday, saw the temperature drop to 26 C (79 F). While the drop in temperature was a relief for some, others found themselves stranded by flooded streets.
In Vrindavan, after two days of clouds, the heavy rains set in on Wednesday evening, forcing the ‘Budh Bazaar’ Wednesday market to close early. Some areas also experienced hail.
The Agricultural Research Center at Raya recorded 8 mm rainfall on Wednesday night.
The two hours of rain caused flooding in several areas of Mathura, with blocked drains leading to flooded roads in the area near the new and old bus stations and Bhuteshwara intersection. Several colonies and the industrial area also saw flash floods.
Farmers are demanding compensation after the strong winds and hail caused severe damage to the ripened wheat crop. It is expected that, in some areas, up to half of the wheat crop will be lost.
The weather conditions are likely to lead to an increase in the price of wheat for consumers. As well as the reduction in the quantity of wheat, the quality of the crop has been reduced by the drought followed by flood.
Wheat in the Government procurement centre in Mathura got soaked.
Cattle feed crops have also been affected with the strong winds pushing the long grasses to the ground. Authorities assured farmers that they will be assessed for compensation once the elections are over.