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Lost: Heaps of harvested red chilli crop spoilt due to rain at Shishuvinahalli village in Dharwad district.
Lost: Heaps of harvested red chilli crop spoilt due to rain at Shishuvinahalli village in Dharwad district.

Staff Correspondent

Standing crops in Gadag, Haveri and Dharwad districts damaged

Several roads damaged

Farmers fear shortage of fodder

DHARWAD: The plight of farmers in Gadag, Haveri and Dharwad districts has worsened as rain continued on Wednesday.

Standing crops and harvested crops left on the field have been damaged in the rain during the last four days.

The rain has become a cause of concern for people residing in low-lying areas in villages. Water entered 20 houses in Annigeri on Tuesday.

Several roads have been damaged severely because of the rain. A small bridge at Yaranal near Bhadrapur village on National Highway No. 63 between Hubli and Gadag has been washed away in flash floods.

Deputy Commissioner M.S. Srikar told The Hindu that relief work had started.

The road connectivity was likely to be restored by Thursday morning, provided there were no rain in the region, he said.

After a preliminary assessment, the district administrations of Dharwad, Gadag and Haveri have ordered for a detailed survey of the crop loss and damages to property and cattle. However, the rain has affected the survey also.

Flash floods

In Gadag district, residents of the villages situated on the banks of the Benni Halla and the Malaprabha have become apprehensive about the possibility of flash floods.

Janata Dal (Secular) leader K.H. Konaraddi who visited the affected villages such as Tirlapur, Shishuvinahalli and Yamanur in Navalgund taluk on Tuesday said that standing crops of maize, jowar, wheat and cotton had been completely damaged. According to an estimate, the loss in the taluk alone had been put at Rs. 8 crore, he said.

Having lost their yield for the rabi season, farmers now fear that they will have to face scarcity of fodder for cattle in summer.

The former Minister P.C. Siddanagoudar, who hails from Kundagol taluk, which has been affected severely, said that the untimely rain had damaged the stored fodder in the villages.

Looking at the present conditions, probably the Government would be forced to procure fodder from other States, he added.

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