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Monday, 27 July 2020

Villages in 5 Haryana districts inundated, farmers fear damage to crops

Deepender Deswal

Tribune News Service

Hisar, July 26

Heavy rainfall has left large tracks in 80-100 villages of Hisar, Fatehabad, Bhiwani, Jind and Charkhi Dadri districts inundated. Official sources say cotton crop grown over 6,000 acres in Hisar district may be damaged. Fatehabad's Tohana and Ratia areas too have been affected. The cotton crop is the worst hit as paddy and bajra can withstand water for weeks.

Irrigation officials said they had started draining out water from the fields. Dharampal, the husband of sarpanch Sushma Devi of Sulkhani village, said almost the entire crop in the village had been washed away.

"The panchayat is making arrangements for potable water as the water supply has been disrupted," he said.

"Water has been standing in the fields for the past 15 days. Officials are laying pipes and erecting bandhs," said a farmer, who has lost his cotton crop grown on four acres.

Fatehabad villages adjoining the Ghaggar in Tohana and Ratia are submerged in water. The farmers have installed pumps to drain out the water from their fields. "The paddy will be not be able to withstand another spell of rain," said a worried Gurjeet Singh. Agriculture officials said cotton fields across 6,000 acres in Hisar and 3,600 acres in Fatehabad had been inundated. "The crop could face 25- 70 per cent damage," said an official.

Minister of State for Labour and Employment Anoop Dhanak said he had directed the officials to ensure adequate compensation to the farmers under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojna. "Measures are being taken to stop the water from entering residential areas," he said.

According to the Meteorological Department,at Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University, the region received above average rainfall in July 18-July 24.

from The Tribune

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