Incessant rain destroys lakhs of hectares of agriculture crop area in Assam and Bihar. Floods lash low lying areas and disrupt rail and roads.
6 Dead and 55 Lakh Affected
Floods in Assam and Bihar have affected over 55 lakh people with six deaths. The deluge affected 17 lakh people across 21 districts of Assam. The report of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) revealed drowning of three people, one each from Barpeta, Kokrajhar and Kamrup districts. Also, it mentioned Goalpara, the worst-hit region with over 4.19 lakh affected people following that Morigaon reports more than 2.63 lakh people that were affected.
Similarly, the Bihar disaster management department said floods affecting 40 lakh people across 11 districts. Besides, the Darbhanga district reported three new fatalities, taking the total number of deaths due to floods to 11.
Heavy Rains in Kerala and Karnataka Destroys Crop
The lives in several districts of Kerela and Karnataka came to a standstill as rivers breached the banks. The heavy rains caused severe waterlogging in Ernakulam, Thrissur, and Kottayam districts. Also, areas of west Kochi submerged due to continuous rainfall. Besides, the floods damaged several parts of the Thiruvananthapuram district.
On the other hand, with 55.06 mm rainfall on 28th July, Nagapattinam farmers bought 45,512 hectares under paddy cultivation. The timely release of water from the Mettur Dam in the Cauvery River allowed them to surpass the target of 41,000 hectares. However, officials have advised farmers to insure their crops amid the concerns over heavy rainfall. Similarly, heavy rains in northern districts of Karnataka caused havoc in villages and cities.
Farmers in North India Also Fear Crop Damage
Fatehabad’s Tohana and Ratia areas of Haryana have witnessed the damage of crops due to heavy rainfall. Several regions of Bhiwani, Jind, and Charkhi Dadri districts have been inundated. However, cotton crop in 6000 acres in Hissar has been the worst affected. Irrigation officials and farmers are working around the clock to drain the water from the fields. Similarly, a cloudburst and heavy rainfall in the Kansari village of Kedarnath valley in Uttarakhand caused damage to crops.
In all, the floods have caused troubles to farmers as standing crops destroyed in several parts.