Farmers in the region suffer heavy losses as crops in their fields have been completely destroyed

Aurangabad : After Nagpur, Nashik and some other districts in Vidarbha, six districts in the Marathwada region were lashed by heavy unseasonal rain, claiming three lives while an Indian Army colonel suffered burns due to lightning in Aurangabad. The farmers suffered heavy loss as the crops in their fields were completely destroyed.

A woman from Jalna district and two men- one each from Beed and Osmanabad districts-died in the mishap. Army colonel, Ashok Kumar, suffered burns when lightning struck on a football ground, where he and others were engaged in a practice of the game in Cantonment on Wednesday evening. The incident also left a 15-year-old boy, who had gone there out of curiosity, injured.

Gusty wind was playing havoc on Aurangabad, Beed, Jalna and Osmanabad districts for a couple of hours on Wednesday noon. This was followed by heavy rainfall coupled with hailstorms for an hour in the evening.

The sudden climatic change threw life out of gear in the region. Earlier, Parbhani, Hingoli, Nanded and Latur districts received heavy rainfall and 80 percent of ruby crops were destroyed in the aftermath. Jowar, wheat, mango and other crops and fruits in the farmland, measuring lakhs of hectares, were flattened. The weather department sources have forecast an unstable climate for the next 24 hours.

Farmer leader, Jayajirao Suryawanshi, said the State government needs to carry out panchnamas of the farms immediately and should award compensation to the farmers as their crops have been destroyed completely owing to the unseasonal rainfall. Light rainfall was also witnessed in Ahmednagar and Buldhana, the  adjacent districts of Marathwada. However, no casualty or agriculture damage was reported from these districts.

Sudhir Dharmadhikari

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