Staff Correspondent

Farmers in Dharwad have also been affected

Leaders appeal for immediate compensation

to farmers

1,100 houses said to be partially damaged in Gadag district

DHARWAD: Untimely rain for the past four days has resulted in large-scale damage to standing crops in Dharwad, Haveri and Gadag districts. Property in the three districts has also been affected.

Much to the dismay of farmers who have been hit hard by the rain, it started pouring again on Monday evening.

Standing rabi crops such as cotton, maize, jowar and wheat have been damaged, and in some areas harvested crops have been washed away.

The district administrations have begun assessing the damage caused. According to initial estimates, the Dharwad district administration has put the total loss at Rs. 10 crore. Deputy Commissioner M.S. Srikar said standing crops on 26,000 hectares in all taluks of the district had been damaged by the rain. He said it was a preliminary estimate and that a clear picture would emerge only after the rain stopped and the survey was completed.

Woman dies

A woman died after being struck by lightning at Vittalapur in Kundagol taluk on Sunday evening. She has been identified as Guravvaa Adiveppa Bagol. Reports of houses being partially damaged were also received.

In Gadag district, 1,100 houses have been partially damaged according to preliminary reports. Officials of the district administration said that around 50 head of cattle were killed and standing crops on several hectares were damaged.

Haveri Deputy Commissioner P.S. Vastrad said the assessment of damage had just begun and a preliminary estimate of losses would be available by Tuesday. In Haveri too, standing crops on several hectares have been damaged. Property in the district was also said to have been affected.

Following the extensive damage MP for Dharwad North Pralhad Joshi and the former Minister Basavaraj Horatti urged Governor Rameshwar Thakur to take steps to have the damage assessed and disburse compensation at the earliest.

Mr. Joshi urged the Governor to direct the district administrations to undertake relief measures immediately. Mr. Horatti said a special package for affected farmers should be announced.

District secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) B.S. Soppin also urged the Governor to take steps to disburse compensation to farmers.