State rain deaths put at 39
UNSEASONAL DOWNPOUR across entire Madhya Pradesh claimed 39 lives and extensively damaged wheat, gram and lentil crops. In the State capital, precipitation in March broke a 70-year record as about 4.5 cm was recorded overnight. The figure was 3.5 cm on March 7, 1936.india Updated: Mar 11, 2006 12:50 IST
UNSEASONAL DOWNPOUR across entire Madhya Pradesh claimed 39 lives and extensively damaged wheat, gram and lentil crops. In the State capital, precipitation in March broke a 70-year record as about 4.5 cm was recorded overnight. The figure was 3.5 cm on March 7, 1936.
Quoting reports received until last evening, Commissioner (Agricultural Production) Iqbal Ahmed told UNI that crops were affected by showers and hail in 34 of 48 districts. “The affected area is 35,000 hectares. At least 113 persons were injured, 158 animals perished and about 2,100 rural residences sustained damage,” he added.
Crop damage ranged from two to 60 per cent and farmers would be compensated after an assessment under the Revenue Book Circular, he said. Ahmed added further that harvested and stored crops sustained greater damage.
“Rain over the past couple of days affected the mustard crop in Gwalior-Chambal region,” Director (Agriculture) R S Manral told UNI. Regional Meteorological Centre Director D P Dubey said the unseasonal weather was due to wind circulation in the upper atmosphere near Kutch.
“The weather might begin clearing from tomorrow. Hail may lash Sagar, Satna and Rewa tomorrow and later the circulation will enter Uttar Pradesh,” he added.
Maximum overnight precipitation was 7.24 cm recorded at Chhindwara while corresponding figures for Pachmarhi were 6.8 cm, Narsinghpur (4.62), Sagar (3.34), Guna (2.36), Hoshangabad (2.26), Gwalior (2.0), Jabalpur (1.84) and Khajuraho (1.46).
Divisional Commissioner (Gwalior) Komal Singh said, “Apprehension of loss is higher in Pohri, Kolaras and Shivpuri. Collectors and other officials have been despatched to affected villages to assess losses.”
According to Deputy Director (Agriculture) J P Verma, about 30 villages in Morena district’s Jaura, Kolaras and Sabalgarh tehsils sustained 25 to 30 per cent loss.
In Jhabua district, Bhuri Bai (16) was killed by lightning at Bhoi village while Sardar (35) died at Undari village. Last evening, Pawan (23) was killed at Dhar district’s Baikuda village while Sharma (65) of Ratlam died in Kapsi village.