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Maharashtra: Unseasonal rainfall damages crops; 2 farmers allegedly commit suicide

Mar 09, 2014 08:23 AM IST India India

Mumbai: After Madhya Pradesh, it seems it is Maharashtra's turn to bear the brunt of hailstorms and unseasonal rainfall leading to widespread crop damage. So far, eight people have lost their lives and price rise is feared due to the crop damage. Officials said that standing crops in at least 40 villages are damaged.

Hailstorms in at least 16 districts of Maharashtra have severely affected thousands of hectares of Rabi crop. At least eight people have died including two farmers who have reportedly committed suicide in the last one week alone.

A farmer said that in the last 25 years this was the first time that all their farms were damaged due to heavy rainfall. He demanded that the government should pay them adequate compensation.

Initial government estimates indicate that crops worth several hundred crores are destroyed because of the unseasonal rainfall.

In Vidarbha region, standing crops like wheat, gram, jowar and onion have been affected; orchards in several districts have also suffered badly. In Wardha, 35,000 acres of crops and at least 150 houses have been extensively damaged.

Another farmer said that there was a layer of ice on the crops and their hard work went in vain.

Meanwhile, the Maharashtra government has initiated the process of assessing the damage caused to the scores of farmers. This even as the unprecedented weather conditions in the state continues.

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