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Agriculture in crisis due to heavy rains

Crop damage on 10 to 12 lakh hectares in the state; 400 deaths so far

MUMBAI: Heavy rains have damaged crops on about 10 to 12 lakh hectares across the state this year and the rains that have been falling for the past few days have put agriculture and farmers in crisis. Government agencies have been ordered to be vigilant as heavy rains have been warned again next week.

Disaster Management, Relief and Rehabilitation Minister Vijay Vadettiwar on Thursday directed the district administration to ensure that the local administration is not deprived of any damaging assistance in view of the severe damage caused to other crops as well. In the last three months, 401 people have died across the state. These include landslides in the Konkan and Satara districts, as well as the death of 77 workers when ONGC’s P-305 barge was submerged during the cyclone. Preliminary information is that 30 to 35 people have been killed in the last two days in Aurangabad, Nanded, Beed and Nashik districts due to flood waters and other accidents. The death toll is expected to rise, sources in the relief and rehabilitation department said.

Farmers were hit hardest by the heavy rains, which damaged five lakh hectares of land between July and August. Now the damage in other districts is being investigated and this number is likely to increase.

Rainfall

30-35 people have been killed due to torrential rains in Marathwada-Khandesh for the last three days. So far this year, 401 people have been killed in accidents across the state.

Water on Kharif

Floods in Marathwada and northern Maharashtra since last week have caused the most damage to kharif crops. In Beed district, cotton, sugarcane, millet and soybean crops were hit by heavy rains. In many parts of North Maharashtra, banana, maize and cotton crops were submerged. The rains also hit some areas that supply vegetables to cities. Therefore, the agricultural products coming from these areas may be affected in the coming weeks.

Fear again… The state had received heavy rainfall in July and August. Now, once again, heavy rains are on in Khandesh, Marathwada along with Konkan. The worst hit districts are Aurangabad, Beed, Nanded, Nagpur, Bhandara, Yavatmal, Wardha, Jalgaon, Nashik, Dhule, Ahmednagar, Amravati and most parts of Konkan and western Maharashtra. The meteorological department has forecast heavy rains in the state from September 13 to 15 next week.

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