This March, UP got 444% more rainfall
State Planning Commission member Professor Sudhir Panwar said the biggest concern right now for a farmer was how to repay loans.
It is India’s wettest March in a hundred years and it has hit its food bowl hard.
Over 26.75 lakh hectares of crops has been lost in Uttar Pradesh while at least a hundred people have either committed suicide or died of shock due to the untimely thunderstorms and rainfall this March. The rainfall has been the worst in the living memory of Uttar Pradesh — it has received 444 per cent more than the average rainfall it receives in March.
While the average rainfall for March is 9.7 mm for eastern UP, it has received 48.3 mm or 398 per cent more than the average. Similarly, on an average, western UP witnesses 11.7 mm of rainfall on an average in March. This year, it has received 468 per cent more rainfall at 66.4 mm. “I haven’t seen so much rainfall in March,” said UP Meteorological Director J P Gupta.
Principal Secretary (Revenue) Suresh Chandra said: “As many as 99 people have either committed suicide or died of shock. Twenty-five more have died from hailstorms, accidents, collapse of house, fire, etc due to rains.” Officials said they cannot provide financial assistance to the kin of the 99 deceased, as they are not covered under the State Disaster Response Fund and gratuitous relief was being provided only to the families of the other 25.
State Planning Commission member Professor Sudhir Panwar said the biggest concern right now for a farmer was how to repay loans. In the middle of March, CM Akhilesh Yadav had directed Chief Secretary Alok Ranjan to put a blanket stay on recovery of all major loans.
“So, while the state is doing its part, the Union government hasn’t issued any instruction to waive off farmer loans or interest, which it provides through commercial banks,” Panwar added.
Source:: Indian Express