Agriculture

Marathwada: Heavy Rain Ends Years of Drought But Damages Crops

Sluice gates of Majalgaon dam in Beed opened after 4 years. Credit: ANI

Sluice gates of Majalgaon dam in Beed opened after 4 years. Credit: ANI

Mumbai: Marathwada, the central Maharashtra region which faced severe droughts in the last four years, now has a problem of plenty with incessant rains causing flooding in many parts.

Rains have been lashing all the eight districts of the region in the last one week, damaging Kharif crops, state authorities said.

Almost all the major and medium dams including Manjra, Ujani and Terna are overflowing for the first time since 2010.

Heavy rains lashing the region led to flood like situation in Latur, Beed and Nanded districts, though the State Disaster Management Unit (SDMU) in a statement issued this evening stated that rains had now stopped and flood waters had begun to recede.

Heavy rains threw vehicular traffic out of gear on Aurangabad-Solapur national highway. A swollen Terna river near Ujjani village in Ausa tehsil of Latur district cut off all links to the village and nearby areas.

The heavy rains also led to foggy conditions in parts of Osmanabad district.

As per the rainfall statistic released by the SDMU for June to September this year for Marathwada, barring Aurangabad (87.2%) and Hingoli (98.9%), rest of the districts – Jalna, Beed, Latur, Osmanabad, Nanded and Parbhani – have recorded rainfall in excess of 100%.

Average annual rainfall for Aurangabad division for June-September period is 721.2 mm; this year the rainfall has been 780.4 mm, 108.2% of the average.

Latur which had received drinking water by railway wagons in April-May has recorded rainfall of 949.6 mm against average of 725.3 mm.

Since the morning, Latur district has recorded a rainfall of 73.9 mm.