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Rains lash parts of Haryana, Punjab

Women shelter under umbrellas as it rain as Hurricane Earl approaches, in Beilize City, Belize August 3, 2016. REUTERS/Henry Romero

Chandigarh: Light to moderate rains lashed a few places in Haryana and Punjab today, bringing down the mercury by a few notches.

Chandigarh, Mohali, Phagwara, Jalandhar, Ropar and Hoshiarpur in Punjab were among the places which received intermittent rains.

In Haryana, Panchkula, Kurukshetra, Yamunanagar, Kalka and Ambala received rains.

The rain gave respite to residents from sweltering summer heat and also brought cheers to farmers readying their fields for paddy transplantation.

Rain is also considered beneficial for seasonal crops like sugarcane and maize.

Strong winds also hit many places including Chandigarh this morning, disrupting power supply in a few areas for a brief period.