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Rains causing trouble for farmers but not drowning their morale

Last Updated on January 3, 2021 at 7:40 pm

According to the protesting farmers, persistent downpour led to waterlogging  at protest sites and waterproof tents did not help much.

Because of overnight rains, farmers camping at the Delhi border in protest against new farm laws had a rough morning on Sunday.  

 Farm leader Abhimanyu Kohar, a member of Sankyukt Kisan Morcha, said farmers had tents that were waterproof, but they were unable to shield them from cold and waterlogging. “Due to rain that has caused waterlogging, the situation is very poor at protest sites. After the rains, it gets so cold, but the government can’t see our suffering,’ he added.

Gurwinder Singh, who camps at the Singhu border said that in some areas there is waterlogging as civic amenities are not up to but the label reported that the environment would not dampen the spirit of farmers who have been demonstrating for more than a month.  

“We will not move from here until our demands are met, despite facing several problems,” he spoke. Heavy rainfall has been recorded in areas around Delhi, according to an official from the MeT Department, and minimum temperatures have risen due to clouds and easterly winds.

A minimum temperature of 9.9 degrees Celsius was reported by Safdarjung Observatory, a rise of 6.7 degrees with 25 mm of rain. A minimum temperature of 11.4 degrees Celsius with 18 mm of rain was reported by the Palam observatory. The hail storm is forecast to rain before January 6,’ said the official.  

At three Delhi boundary areas, thousands of farmers, mainly from Punjab and Haryana, have been camping Bharatiya Kisan Ugrahan Union chief Sukhdev Singh, whose Union is leading the Tikri border movement, said farmers’ arrangements to brave the cold weather do not help much because of the rains and resulting waterlogging. The protesting farmer, Veerpal Singh, said that their blankets, clothes and wood were wet. “Our garments are wet due to rain induced waterlogging. In addition, as rain water has also saturated firewood, we are facing difficulties cooking rice. We’ve got an LPG cylinder, but not everyone has it here”, he said.