Central team to visit hailstorm-affected areas in city

Mar 11, 2014, 08:09 IST | Priyankka Deshpande

The central team from the union agriculture ministry would visit the hailstorm-affected areas in Pune division on March 13.

Whiteout: The hailstorm affected area of Baramati

Divisional commissioner Prabhakar Deshmukh said that the committee would go to the talukas in Solapur, Pune, and Sangli district where unseasonal rains and hailstorm damaged crops and property.

According to him, the estimated loss of crops in the Pune division is on about 90,000 hectares.

“Separate teams have been formed for each district in Pune division (Pune, Sangli, Satara, Kolhapur and Solapur), and inspection of affected land is in progress,” said Deshmukh. He added that the report based on the assessment would be submitted to the central team.

“The damage is negligible in Kolhapur and Satara, but it is more in Baramati, Indapur and Junnar,” said Deshmukh.

Various parts of Maharashtra have been experiencing hailstorms for the past few days. The barrage destroyed crops in Baramati, Walchandnagar, Bhavaninagar Nimgaon, Sarafwadi, Wadapuri, Indapur and Junnar on Sunday.

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