The fury of unseasonal rain in different states of north and east India since Sunday evening has left at least seven people dead and damaged standing crops in thousands of hectares, officials said on Monday.
The government on Thursday promised to take all administrative and relief measures to help farmers hit by unseasonal rain and hailstorm in North and Western India, as members across the political spectrum in Rajya Sabha sought immediate financial assistance and loan waivers for them.
North India on Sunday woke up to mild showers which swept across the plains while the higher reaches of Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh experienced snowfall as mercury plunged significantly in several places.
Most parts of north India on Friday witnessed cold conditions with mercury in Kargil town of Jammu and Kashmir plunging 21 degrees below freezing point to register the coldest night of the season in the state even as Delhiites experienced a sunny day after early morning chill.
Temperature rose marginally in most parts of North India as Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan experienced a pleasant and sunny day on Monday but the winter chill prevailed in Kashmir Valley and higher parts of Uttarakhand which received another spell of snowfall.
Winter tightened its grip across north India on Friday as rains continued in several areas of the region and snowfall took place in the higher reaches of Himachal Pradesh, where Shimla recorded the season's coldest night at minus 2 degrees Celsius.
Freezing winds, fog and rains threw normal life out of gear in plains of North India on Thursday while Kashmir Valley and higher parts of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh witnessed fresh snowfall, setting tone for more wintry conditions.
Freezing winter conditions coupled with overcast skies in several areas kept the north firmly under the grip of the cold with fog also affecting normal life across the region where there is a forecast for rain or snowfall in some parts in the coming days.
People in north India got a respite from cold wave conditions as clear sunny weather prevailed over several parts of the region during the day today although fog disrupted road, rail, and air traffic in the early hours.