Woes pile up for farmers in MP's Malwa and Nimad as rain, hailstorms damage crops

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Indore
  • Updated: Apr 12, 2015 22:37 IST

Intermittent spells of rains, accompanied by thunder and lightning, lashed several parts of MP's Malwa and Nimad on Sunday, damaging crops in several areas.

The weather turned pleasant as clouds loomed large and winds blew up to a speed of 55 kilometres an hour in several areas in western Madhya Pradesh. The rains which began on Saturday night continued till next day.

Though the change in weather brought joy for the residents, it compounded worries for farmers who were already under a lot of pressure after the last month's unseasonal rains and hailstorms that affected growth of Rabi crops.

Stacks of harvested wheat lying in open became wet. Several areas plunged into darkness on Saturday night due to electricity cuts.

In Indore, rains were moderate to heavy though their duration was short. Winds carrying moisture from Arabian sea which blew across the city reaching up to a speed of 42 kilometres an hour pulled down the day's temperature to a considerable extent.

The city recorded maximum temperature of 29.8 degrees Celsius which was nine degrees below normal. The minimum temperature at 16.6 degrees Celsius was four degrees below normal. Morning and evening humidity was 77% and 78% respectively.

The meteorological department said western disturbance passing through Gujarat and Rajasthan brought rains and clouds. The local weather bureau has predicted similar weather conditions on Monday.

KHARGONE: About 1,500 quintals of wheat were damaged in Gongawa following the Saturday rains. Rains accompanied by thunder, lightning and high velocity winds hit Barwah, Bhagwanpura, Bhikangaon and surrounding areas of the district on Sunday. Hailstorms received in certain parts of the district also affected crops.

DEWAS: Hailstorms received in 15 villages damaged wheat crops. The centres set up to procure wheat at minimum support price are lined with wheat sacks that became wet after rains in Khariya, Pipalkot, Nimanpur, Dabari, Baijagwada, Chapara, Bagali.

DHAR: Besides wheat crops, water melon and musk melon grown in Nisarpur along Narmada river have been affected due to intermittent rains. Agriculture department deputy director Kaneriya said 90% of Rabi crops had been harvested. The produce lying at wheat purchase centres have been covered to prevent damage.

(Inputs by Yadavendra Singh, Chhotu Shastri, Nitin Gupta)

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