Farmers in distress due to crop loss


Jharsuguda : After the heavy rainfall, in the upper catchment of Mahanadi river present in Chhattisgarh, a flood-like situation has caused in the downstream villages in Jharsuguda Odisha. Due to this, several crops which had been cultivated on the banks of the Mahanadi river by the farmers have been damaged and has affected their farmland too

In Lakhanpur Block, around six villages namely Chikhili, Saradha, Mohadi under Remta Gram Panchayat  while Mahulpali, Sukhasodha and Semilia Village under Kandheikela Gram Panchayat have been badly affected. More than People living in these villages have been evacuated to the safest places.

“As my house is little far off from my farm land , I had built a small house near my farmland to house all farming equipments, but due to the flood water of Mahanadi ,  my house has submerged along with that whatever crops I had done like Ginger, Groundnut etc has also been destroyed in this flood water. I just want if Government support me by financial assistance then I can regrow this crops and earn my living.” said Rukumana Sah of Semilia Village under Lakhanpur Block  

Another farmer said that, ” I had taken loan and have used that money on  raising the crops of Ginger, Chilly, Brinjal, but now all are my crops have damaged due to this flood water . We dont how we can get any compensation, Government should look into our problem and support us in this natural calamities.

Tapiram Ram Majhi, PD DRDA, Said that,” Mainly six villages of Remta and Kadheikela Gram panchayat has been affected and around 1049 people have been evacuated and are provided with foods. The damage assessments work is going on, as per now around 220 Ha. of agricultural lands has been destroyed. The water level has receded since yesterday night. we have also placed medical teams in those villages to look after the villagers.