Staff Correspondent

Belgaum: Standing crops on over 13,000 hectares of land in Belgaum district have been damaged in the recent rain and the loss has been put at Rs. 26.52 crore, according to Deputy Commissioner M.E. Shivalingmurthy.

In a press release on Tuesday, he said that loss to grape growers had been put at Rs. 14.7 crore. Jowar, maize and horticultural crops have also been damaged.

The district has received 977.90 mm rainfall as against the normal 110.80 mm in the first quarter of the year.

The highest rainfall of 172 mm was recorded in Khanapur taluk followed by Saundatti (148.40 mm), Raibag (125.90 mm), Gokak (121.50 mm) and Bailhongal (118.90 mm). Belgaum taluk has received 86.60 mm rainfall, Athani 45.4 mm, Chikkodi 30.7 mm and Hukkeri has received 27.7 mm rainfall in the same period.

Three persons have been killed in rain-related incidents between March 23 and 25, the release said.

Several houses have been partially damaged in different parts of the district during the last three days.

Mr. Shivalingmurthy said the compensation of Rs. 1 lakh each had been given to the three bereaved families.