PUNE: Hail and thunderstorm, which lashed most parts of Vidarbha and Marathwada on Saturday and Sunday, has damaged crops spread over 1.24 lakh hectares of land in the State. The hailstorm has also claimed three lives.
As per the information given by agriculture department, hailstorm and rain have damaged crops of Sorghum, grams, wheat, oranges, grapes, bananas, maize, onion and a few others. The State agriculture department informed that as per the primary report, 1,086 villages in Jalna, Parbhani, Jalgaon, Buldhana, Amravati, Akola, Washim, Latur, Osmanabad and Hingoli were affected on a large scale.
The revenue department is in the process of calculating the overall losses of fruits, vegetables, livestock and other commodities. Agriculture Minister Pandurang Fundkar has ordered a spot panchnama of the fields to ensure immediate disbursal of compensation. Officials said that over 32,000 hectares of agriculture land was damaged due to hail in Buldhana and Jalna. Similarly, heavy losses were reported in Amravati and Beed districts. Earlier, the India Meteorological Department had issued an advisory on the hailstorm-like situation following which the State government had asked farmers to be prepared for the untimely rain and hailstorm.