Haryana’s sugarcane crop under water


Karnal: After Maharashtra, Karnataka, and other states, now it is Haryana where crops are submerged under flood water. Yamunanagar, Karnal, Panipat and Sonipat districts in the state are flooded by the excess water released from the Hathnikund barrage. However, with the decline in rainfall activity in the past two days, the water level in the Yamuna river reduced, but still, water in the farm field is stagnant.

The flood has damaged crops in affected districts. Like other crops, excessive waterlogging caused hurt to sugarcane as well. It has caused massive loss to the cane growers.

According to the reports, thousands of hectares are under the water following the flood. A dozen villages in Yamunanagar district were also flooded by the excess water released from the Hathnikund barrage.

Chief Secretary Keshni Anand Arora said, “Due to the unprecedented heavy rainfall, the water level in the Yamuna this time has increased to a new high of 8.28 lakh cusecs. In 2013, it was 8.14 lakh cusecs.”

Maharashtra, Karnataka also faced the fury of the flood, where many crops, including sugarcane, have been severely affected. As per the preliminary investigation, there has been a loss of 40 lakh tonnes of sugarcane in Belagvi district. Similarly, in Maharashtra, flood hit the sugarcane crop. It is expected that, with the impact on sugarcane, it is likely to affect the sugar output in Karnataka and Maharashtra. Sugar output in both the state are likely to decline.

Heavy rains across India have thrown life out of gear and claimed many lives this monsoon. As per reports, already around 1,058 have lost their lives due to heavy rain and flood. Last year overall toll was 1,211. This monsoon, death counts are increasing day by day. So, the current death’s figure is likely to incline.

Flood not only claimed lives but it also caused damage to the properties, crops and others worth thousands of crores. Industry bodies and political parties have also assessed the situation and suggest that only in Maharashtra flood caused the estimated loss of at least Rs 10,000 crore following the closure of industries, severe damage of crops, and others.

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