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Rain continues to pour in most areas of Jharkhand since Wednesday. Caused by low pressure in the Bay of Bengal, cyclonic rains are going to fall for two-three more days dampening the festival of Diwali.

The worst affected are farmers. In many of their fields, paddy crops instead of drying are feared to get wet. This can cause damage to paddy cultivation."We are shocked to see our paddy plants getting infected due to untimely rains", cribbed a farmer in Kanke block, Ranchi on Thursday.

More, small and marginal  producers and sellers of Diwali products-Diya, earthen pots, idols of Goddess  Laxmi and God Ganesh and Gharonda had  invested capital and labour were not in cheers either."Our business is seasonal. But this rain has prohibited to open makeshift shops and sell them", said a vendor, echoing sentiments of hundreds of other vendors.

They look depressed. Many others, especially Hindus who celebrate Diwali and Dhanteras were worried. The Met Department has predicted heavy rains oin many parts of the state on October 25. This has brought the teamrature down from 26.6 C on Tuesday to 18.4  C on Thursday.  

Met Department has recorded low and medium rains in some areas and heavy rains in one-two other areas of the state. It said, heavy rains are expected during the coming two days in  Deoghar, Dhanbad,Dumka, Giridih, Godda, Jamtara, Pakur, Sahibgunj, Ranchi, Bokaro, Gumla, Hazaribagh, Khunti and Ramgarh.

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