1.98 lakh hectares of crop likely to be damaged by rain

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According to reports, crops across 1.98 lakh hectares may have been damaged by the continual downpour in parts of Maharashtra in the last few days, as reported by Indian Express.Moreover, farmers have reportedly asked the Maharashtra government to take steps to help them in areas where heavy crop loss has been reported. In addition, preliminary surveys by the state Agriculture Commissioner’s office has estimated that crops over 1.98 lakh hectares including soybean, cotton, tur, vegetables, onion have been damaged.Meanwhile, the cane crop in parts of Pune, Sangli and Kolhapur have been submerged in water for days. Also, areas of Nanded and Parbhani are still under floodwater, with farmers reporting 100 per cent crop loss.On the other hand, on Thursday, September 9, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has informed us that the continual downpour over Maharashtra will continue till the end of this week.Moreover, earlier on Tuesday and Wednesday, heavy rainfall was recorded across Konkan, Madhya Maharashtra and Marathwada. According to reports, the wettest areas till Wednesday were Ratnagiri – 290 mm, Jalgaon and Parbhani – 160 mm, Aurangabad, Beed and Nanded — 130 mm, Raigad and Thane – 120 mm, Latur – 100 mm, Palghar and Harnai – 80 mm and Sindhudurg – 70 mm. Meanwhile, August had ended with five districts — Nandurbar, Gadchiroli, Gondia, Buldhana and Amravati remaining rainfall deficient.ALSO READ: Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Buildings In Mumbai Estimated To Rise By The Year 2050    

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