Maharashtra: Unseasonal rain, hailstorms hit crops in Vidarbha region

11 February,2024 12:10 PM IST |  Mumbai  |  Agencies

Maharashtra`s Vidarbha region has received unseasonal rainfall along with hailstorms, affecting various crops

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Maharashtra's Vidarbha region has received unseasonal rainfall along with hailstorms, affecting various crops including cotton, an official said on Sunday.

Nagpur, Yavatmal, Wardha and Amaravati districts in the Vidarbha region reported heavy spells of showers followed by gusty winds and hailstorms on Saturday.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) had issued a forecast of unseasonal rains in the area on Saturday.

"Crops such as cotton, wheat, gram, tur (pigeon peas) were flattened due to the downpour and wind. The state revenue officials will conduct an assessment of the damage soon as the farms are currently wet," a revenue official from Wardha district said.

The MeT department has issued a 'yellow alert' for most parts of Vidarbha on Sunday also, saying thunderstorms and rainfall are very likely at isolated places in the region.

There are "51 to 75 per cent chances" of rainfall in the Vidarbha region, as per the MeT department's forecast.

Also Read: Unseasonal rain: Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde orders crop damage assessment, compensation

Meanwhile, cold weather conditions continued to prevail in the national capital on Sunday morning. People at different places around the city huddled around bonfires to keep themselves warm.

According to the data shared by the IMD, the minimum temperature in the city can go to 7 degrees and the maximum temperature would reach 25 degrees Celsius.

Owing to visibility woes, several flights were reportedly delayed at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport on Sunday. In view of the same, Delhi Airport has issued an advisory informing flights that are not CAT III compliant may be affected.

According to the weather agency, the maximum temperature in the city would reach around 25 degrees Celsius over the next two days.

The Met Department has also predicted light rainfall over Central India from February 10-12 and East India from February 12-14.

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