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Heavy rains destroy over 5 million ha (12.4 million acres) of crops in 2021, India

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Heavy rain in India has destroyed more than 5 million ha (12.4 million acres) of crops in 2021.

Karnataka was the worst affected, with 1.4 million ha (3.5 million acres) of crop lost, followed by Rajasthan with 679 000 ha (1.68 million acres), West Bengal with 690 000 ha (1.7 million acres), Bihar with 580 000 ha (1.4 million acres), and Maharashtra with 455 000 ha (1.1 million acres), as of November 25, 2021.

Other states included Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, and Odisha among others, according to the Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar.1

Karnataka, which has the highest area under crop damage, received 102% excess rainfall from October – November, according to data by the Indian Meteorological Department.

References:

1 Extreme weather: Over 5 million hectares of crop lost due to rain in 2021 – DownToEarth

Featured image: Flood in Maharashtra. Credit: The Quint (stillshot)

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