Hamirpur(HP) : It has been raining heavily since Saturday night as a result normal life has come to a complete standstill in all parts of the Hamirpur district, officials informed on Sunday.
The temperature has fallen sharply and people are forced to remain indoors to save themselves from the rain.
Reports reaching here have revealed that River Beas and its tributaries mainly, the Maan Khad and Kunah Khad are in spate and people have been advised not to go closer to the river beds to save them from the gushing waters.
The report says that the maximum rain was reported in the areas of Nadaun, Sujanpur. In many places, road traffic has come to halt due to falling of huge debris on roads. PWD labor was busy clearing the roads.
Farmers have welcomed the rains claiming it to be beneficial for the germination of the early sowing of Kharif crops mainly Maize and Paddy.
Meanwhile, the Department of Agriculture has warned the farmers to take care of their early sown crops as they may fall prey to the Fall army pest that can cause heavy damage to maize.
The Agriculture Department has taken precautionary steps and warned the farmers of the district after coming to know about the emergence of the Fall Army pests in some areas of the Hamirpur district. Dr Atul Dogra, Deputy Director of the Agriculture Department said that the fall armyworm causes a lot of damage to the maize crop. He told that this insect mainly eats the leaves of maize. In the initial days, this insect peels off the edges of the leaves and makes small holes in the leaf. The uppermost leaves also start falling from the eaten leaves of the plant.
He said that if the farmers see such symptoms in their crops, then they should immediately contact the nearest agriculture officer. Insecticides can be used to prevent fall army pests.
The agriculture officer has appealed to the farmers of the district to be careful about the fall armyworm and contact the nearest agriculture officials for any kind of information.