Chandigarh: Moderate rainfall lashed some parts of Punjab and Haryana today bringing down the maximum temperature in the region and raising the humidity levels.

At some places in the twin agrarian states of Punjab and Haryana, light to moderate rainfall started last night and continued till today, the MeT office said here.

While Chandigarh was drenched by 16 mm of rainfall, Karnal received 14.6 mm of rains. Among other places, Bhiwani had 14.2 mm of rainfall followed by 14 mm at Narnaul, 8.6 mm at Ludhiana and 0.8 mm at Patiala.

The rainfall, considered to be beneficial for paddy growers, resulted in accumulation of water at some low lying areas of the region, officials said, adding the power situation has eased in the area due the rains.

The maximum temperatures dropped by an average of up to two degrees Celsius while the humidity level hovered between 60 to 80 per cent, the MeT office said.

The MeT office has forecast light to moderate rainfall or thundershowers at a few places during the next 24 hours.

Meanwhile, reports from Phagwara in Punjab said a strong wind accompanied by rain caused some damage to maize crop.

At few places in Punjab and Haryana, some roads turned into rivulets and low-lying areas got inundated, becoming virtual ponds, the reports said.

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