New Delhi: This month has been the "wettest" March in northern and central parts of the country in the past 100 years, the Indian meteorological department (IMD) on Sunday said and predicted more rains in the coming two weeks.
IMD DG L S Rathore said due to the rains, there has been extensive damage to field and horticulture crops as well as vegetables in various parts of the country.
"The ordeal is not yet over. Though March as we all know was very wet, it was to the extent that after 1915, this was the wettest March particularly in north India right up to central India," he said.
Heavy rains, snowfall in valley, Jammu-Srinagar highway closed
"But in the next two weeks also there seems to be a possibility or higher possibility of wetness," he said.
Rains on Sunday lashed many parts of north India, including Kashmir Valley where several houses were damaged and Srinagar-Jammu national highway shut due to landslides.
In the national capital, overcast conditions prevailed throughout the day while some parts of the city recorded light rainfall which. The Met department predicted rainfall for Monday here.
Meanwhile, finance minister Arun Jaitley said the Centre will work with state governments to raise the compensation limit for farmers affected by unseasonal rains and hailstorms.
Unseasonal rains and hailstorms during this month have damaged Rabi (winter-sown) crops in 106.73 lakh hectares of area across 14 states as against the earlier estimates of 181 lakh hectares.