Mumbai, (The Hindu): A hailstorm over central Maharashtra, Marathwada and parts of Vidarbha claimed three lives on Sunday. The government has ordered an assessment of the damage to crops. A senior revenue official said the hailstorm started around 7.30 a.m. and continued for the next 30 minutes.
“Namdev Shinde, a 65-year-old farmer from Vanjar Umrad village in Jalna tehsil, and Asaram Jagtap (60), from Nivdunga village of Jafrabad tehsil, died today (Sunday) due to the hailstorm in Jalna district. As many as 180 villages from Jalna are badly hit,” Jalna District Collector Shivajirao Jondhale said. A senior Revenue Department officer said, “Yamunabai Humbad (60) from Washim district died when she was in her farm.”
The hailstorm has severely damaged crops, including grapes, cotton, green gram and wheat, officials said. “A sizeable loss of cattle and poultry has been reported. The damage assessment report will be finalised in a couple of days,” said an officer from the Aurangabad Divisional Commissionerate.
Agriculture Minister Pandurang Fundkar has ordered an assessment of the damage. “Every affected village should be visited, the losses should be documented and a report must be file. The officials can email their final report to the State government,” Mr. Fundkar said.
He said a meeting with crop insurance companies would be held at Mantralaya on Monday.
Beed, Osmanabad, Latur, Nanded, Parbhani, Hingoli, Dhule, Nandurbar, Aurangabad and other districts reported heavy rain on Sunday morning. An Agriculture Department official said farm produce like wheat, oranges and grapes was severely damaged in some areas.
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