Narsimha Reddy became an unlucky farmer in just 24 hours. The tomato crop he had cultivated in his five acres at Kalivemula village in Sangareddy mandal has completely fallen due to hailstorm and heavy gales that uprooted the crop and carpeted it on the ground.
“I had planned to harvest the crop on Wednesday and made all arrangements. But, luck did not favour me. The rain added with hailstorm and heavy gales started at about 1 p.m. on Tuesday and continued till late in the night with little intervals. The entire tomato crop has been carpeted while I witnessed it helplessly,” Mr. Lakshma Reddy told The Hindu , controlling his tears.
He was one among the scores of farmers who bore heavy losses by the hailstorms and heavy gales that swept some parts of Medak district on Monday and Tuesday.
Not quantified yet
According to sources, crop and livestock loss was reported from Medak, Hatnoora, Gajwel, Jagadevpur, Wargal, Mulugu, Siddipet, Toopran and Narsapur mandals.
It was reported that paddy, maize, mango, vegetable crops were lost in about 4,000 acres from about 15 villages. However, officials were not yet ready to quantify the loss money-wise stating that they were busy collecting the data.
According to Collector A. Dinakarbabu, preliminary reports suggested that paddy (1,064 hectares), maize (1,703 ha), sunflower (99.60 ha) and mango (60.40 ha) crops were lost. About 15,000 poultry birds perished due to the rains in about 12 poultry sheds, 10 buffalos and cows, six calves too died. Around 177 houses were partially damaged and four houses were fully damaged and about 800 electric polls were uprooted affecting the power supply to about 30 villages.
While power supply was restored to Sangareddy late on Tuesday night, it was restored in Medak only on Wednesday.
APCPDCL Chairman and Managing Director V. Anil Kumar and senior officials from the district along with the Collector visited the affected areas on Wednesday and consoled the victims. They also assured to extend assistance in the shortest possible time.
About 15,000 poultry birds perished due to the rains in about 12 poultry sheds Around 177 houses were partially damaged and four houses were fully damaged
About 15,000 poultry birds perished due to the rains in about 12 poultry sheds
Around 177 houses were partially damaged and four houses were fully damaged