Villages in 5 Haryana districts inundated, farmers concern harm to crops

Deepender Deswal

Tribune News Service

Hisar, July 26

Heavy rainfall has left massive tracks in 80-100 villages of Hisar, Fatehabad, Bhiwani, Jind and Charkhi Dadri districts inundated. Official sources say cotton crop grown over 6,000 acres in Hisar district could also be broken. Fatehabad’s Tohana and Ratia areas too have been affected. The cotton crop is the worst hit as paddy and bajra can face up to water for weeks.

Irrigation officers mentioned that they had began draining out water from the fields. Dharampal, the husband of sarpanch Sushma Devi of Sulkhani village, mentioned nearly the whole crop within the village had been washed away.

“The panchayat is making arrangements for potable water as the water supply has been disrupted,” he mentioned.

“Water has been standing in the fields for the past 15 days. Officials are laying pipes and erecting bandhs,” mentioned a farmer, who has misplaced his cotton crop grown on 4 acres.

Fatehabad villages adjoining the Ghaggar in Tohana and Ratia are submerged in water. The farmers have put in pumps to empty out the water from their fields. “The paddy will be not be able to withstand another spell of rain,” mentioned a anxious Gurjeet Singh. Agriculture officers mentioned cotton fields throughout 6,000 acres in Hisar and three,600 acres in Fatehabad had been inundated. “The crop could face 25- 70 per cent damage,” mentioned an official.

Minister of State for Labour and Employment Anoop Dhanak mentioned he had directed the officers to make sure enough compensation to the farmers below the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojna. “Measures are being taken to stop the water from entering residential areas,” he mentioned.

According to the Meteorological Department,at Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University, the area acquired above common rainfall in July 18-July 24.

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