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spot study: G.Aiyappan MLA and Cuddalore Collector Rajendra Ratnoo (right) inspecting the rain-damaged crops in Cuddalore on Monday.
spot study: G.Aiyappan MLA and Cuddalore Collector Rajendra Ratnoo (right) inspecting the rain-damaged crops in Cuddalore on Monday.

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CUDDALORE: Collector Rajendra Ratnoo inspected the rain-affected farms at Nanamedu and Madalapattu on Monday.

Speaking to reporters, Mr. Ratnoo said the level of loss would be fully known after a week because in certain crops like cashew, the flowers had either fallen or withered. Brinjal, that looked externally healthy, would also become rotten in a day or two. Therefore, it would take a couple of days more to assess the extent of damage.

The complete report would be sent to the government soon, he said. Preliminary reports indicated that crops on 87,000 hectares had been destroyed and this included pulses on 54,000 ha.

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