Bhubaneswar, Nov 13: Farmers in Odisha were seriously hit by untimely rainfall recently. The crops which were ready for harvest were severely damaged by the unseasonal rain.
The low pressure-induced rains have damaged crops in vast tracts in many parts of the state. Complaints of crop damage have been pouring in from many villages of several blocks.
The unseasonal rain has caused immense loss to farmers, especially in Ganjam and Gajapati districts.
The low pressure-induced rains have damaged crops in several areas of undivided Koraput as harvesting of paddy for kharif season has been affected.
“Ripe paddy crops were damaged in the rain. Apart from the crop loss, I am now wondering how to pay the bank loan back which I availed for paddy cultivation,” said a disappointed farmer.
Even as rains continued in parts of Odisha due to presence of a trough line stretching along the entire eastern coast, a low pressure area was taking shape over the Bay of Bengal which could lead to more precipitation next week.
A low-pressure area formed over the south Bay of Bengal today and it could develop into a depression over the east-central Bay of Bengal on November 15.
Under the influence of this system, rainfall may increase in Odisha from November 17 and continue up to November 20 with one or two places in south Odisha experiencing heavy rainfall. Meanwhile, night temperature had risen and would continue to do so till November 22, according to SOA’s Centre for Environment and Climate (CEC).