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India - Heavy rains trigger massive crop damage in Telangana

Hyderabad and most parts of Telangana have been witnessing prolonged spell of rainfall and thunderstorm for the last many days. These moderate to heavy showers were also accompanied with hailstorm and strong winds.

Although rains across the state brought relief from scorching heat and paddy farmers but these unseasonal activities along with hailstorm has resulted in extensive crop damage, particularly for maize and mango.

These unseasonal showers have flattened the standing maize crop in various parts of integrated Karimnagar district. Meanwhile, the mango plants which were in the stage of full blooming with flowers were badly hit in Karimnagar, Rajanna-Sircilla and Jagtial districts.

Exact figures of losses are yet to be ascertained but preliminary reports show that the crop was damaged in over 160 acres in Choppadandi, Gangadhara and Manakondur mandals. Along with this, several hundreds of acres reported loss in Jagtial, Rajanna-Sircilla and Peddapalli districts.

Weather forecast ahead

The ongoing rainy spell is likely to continue for another 24 hours, mostly on Monday but on reducing note.  In span of last 24 hours from 8:30 am on Sunday, Nalgonda 49 mm, Khammam 36 mm, Mehbubnagar 21 mm, Rentachintala 20 mm, Hanamkonda 2 mm and Hyderabad 1 mm.

According to Skymet Weather, these unseasonal rains were attributed to the north-south trough running from North Chhattisgarh to Karnataka across Telangana. The trough is now shifting to east towards Andhra Pradesh but would be still be able to give light to moderate rains for the next 24 hours. However, showers are likely over southern parts of the state only that include Hyderabad, Nalgonda, Khammam, Mehbubnagar and Rangareddy.

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