Heavy Rains & Hailstorm Damages 10-40 Percent Crops in MP

Bhopal: While most regions of the country have received almost no rainfall during the past few weeks, heavy rain and hailstorm damaged crops in 18 districts of central and western Madhya Pradesh this week. According to MP government sources, farmers incurred losses of around 10-40 per cent of the standing winter crops because of these unseasonal rains.

Unseasonal rain with strong winds hit the state on Monday. Similar weather is predicted for MP over the next few days. The Madhya Pradesh government has directed the district administrations to assess the extent of damages to provide relief to the affected farmers.

Vidisha and Rajgarh are the two central districts worst hit by the unseasonal rain that destroyed crops like wheat, gram, and pulses. The extent of the damage could be as high as 40 per cent in these two districts, said officials.

In Mandsaur and Neemuch in western Madhya Pradesh, the extent of damage was around 20-30 per cent. In Bhopal, Ujjain, Ratlam and Raisen, the damage could range between 15 and 20 per cent while it could be around 10-15 per cent in Shajapur, Sehore, Narmadapuram, Agar-Malwa, Barwani, and Guna.

CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan has assured compensation to the affected farmers.

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