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Old March 12th, 2014, 11:40 AM
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Unseasonal rains, hailstorm bring death and destruction in various parts of India

Unseasonal rains, hailstorm bring death and destruction in various parts of India
  • Maharashtra hailstorm hits crop worth Rs 5,000 cr
  • No respite from rain, hailstorm in Saurashtra
  • Orange belt major casualty, hailstorm damage in crores



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Unseasonal rains, hailstorm in the plains and snowfall in the northern region of the country over the last few days have paralysed normal lives and destroyed standing crops causing huge losses to the farmers.

In Maharashtra, at least 15 people and over 400 animals have died in the rains and hailstorm which have impacted nearly 75 per cent of the state's agricultural community. The storm threatens to destroy nearly 5000 crore rupees worth of wheat, jowar and fruit crops.

Most farmers in the state, who had taken heavy loans to escape the previous years' drought crises, have turned to the government for help.

In Punjab, wheat crops at several places including Ferozepur, Gurdaspur, Pathankot, Nawanshahar, Mohali, Tarn Taran and in Palwal and Yamunanagar in neighbouring Haryana were flattened because of rain and high velocity winds.

Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Gujarat, Haryana and Andhra Pradesh were also affected even as the state governments sought relief from the Centre hoping the model code of conduct in force for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections will not be a hindrance in providing relief to tens of thousands of farmers.

Meanwhile, at least eight people died and several others injured in avalanches and incidents of house collapse in Jammu and Kashmir. The Srinagar-Jammu highway remained closed for the third day today.

Higher reaches like north Kashmir's Gulmarg ski resort and south Kashmir's Sonamarg hill station recorded four feet of fresh snow. No flights could be operated to and from Srinagar on Tuesday because of bad weather.

The temperatures remained below the freezing point at most places in neighbouring Himachal Pradesh with widespread snow and rain over the past two days.

In Delhi, it was a sunny, pleasant Wednesday morning after two days of intermittent showers. More rains are expected, weathermen said.

The maximum temperature in the national capital settled two notches below the season's average at 26.8 degrees Celsius while the minimum was a notch above the average at 15.2 degrees Celsius.
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Old March 12th, 2014, 11:41 AM
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Re: Unseasonal rains, hailstorm bring death and destruction in various parts of India

Lets take a break from Election and Politics news, and talk about the erratic and destructive weather changes going on in several parts of India.

This will affect the farmers and people of India already suffering from price rise.
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Unseasonal rains, hailstorm bring death and destruction in various parts of India
  • Maharashtra hailstorm hits crop worth Rs 5,000 cr
  • No respite from rain, hailstorm in Saurashtra
  • Orange belt major casualty, hailstorm damage in crores





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How is it in your neck of the woods?

It was supposed to snow here, but it's raining instead. No accumulation.
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Old March 12th, 2014, 12:46 PM
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How is it in your neck of the woods?

It was supposed to snow here, but it's raining instead. No accumulation.
It was raining whole day but right now I see snow.. very windy 20mph and sudden temperature drop.

You know right? that OH is infamous for crazy fluctuations in weather..
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Unseasonal rains, hailstorm bring death and destruction in various parts of India
Another one of RAW's mischief.. I am sure recon pai will have more data soon for analysis by us.. I am pukka 100% sure it is RAW that is doing all this.
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sorry to hear this. Today is terrible here too.
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I am not a fan nor opponent of 'Global Warming' or 'Climate Change', but I think that there has been far too much deforestation in India. This must have contributed, in some small yet definite way, to the change in weather that has caused havoc in Maharashtra.


Once you are all done with the regular discussion on this topic, please let me know as I have one question which pertains to this but might be considered as being political. And no, its not about Congress or BJP.
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Oy puch naa yaar.. kaun jaane kab discussion khatam ho.. aur vaise bhi RAW par shak hai is weather cause karne vaaste.. samjhaa kar yaar.
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Re: Unseasonal rains, hailstorm bring death and destruction in various parts of India

I feel sad at the 'small' or 'poor' farmers who have suffered here.

But then again I wonder if our government will ever define what a poor farmer is. Last night all the politicians were saying that they will pass out aid for affected farmers. Now this aid money will come out of tax payers pockets.

So now the question is - When tax payers suffer, the aid given to tax payers is from taxpayer's pocket only. Then why give aid to non tax payers from tax payer pockets?

Farmers dont pay taxes. Well, I can understand no taxes for 'poor' farmers. But who is a poor farmer? Can we have a definition like 'farmers with 10 acres of land or less are poor and hence dont need to pay taxes'?
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Kharchu.. the tax free status irrespective of your farm land size is justified. That is to encourage the farmers to continue farming and not start building highrises on farm land and erode whatever self sufficiency we have on food grains and essential commodities.. sab singapore style buildings banaa denge then we will be totally import dependant and then others will "starve out" the country for ransom given our country has only limited clout if any in the international community. A very very tiny price to pay I say.
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For the govt farmers are mostly a liability.. they don't pay taxes, pay little of electricity dues, have to give them loans and then waive them, they suicide and spoil govt's reputation, etc etc.. benefits of farmers you all know.

A survey done recently found out all this below.. may not be perfectly correct but gives you an idea.

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Only 10 per cent of the farmers surveyed feel they are poor and that small farmers have benefited from the government policies

47 per cent of the farmers surveyed felt that their overall condition was bad

85 per cent of farmers had heard of UPA's flagship program, MNREGA. However, 51 per cent of them didn't get work under it

70 per cent of the farmers surveyed had not heard about the direct cash transfer scheme

Only 27 per cent of the farmers surveyed had heard about the Land Acquisition Law, but 57 per cent of them felt they will lose from it

76 per cent family members of farming community prefer to do some other work for their livelihood

Only 24 per cent youngsters surveyed are interested in farming

As many as 60 per cent farmers surveyed said they want their children to settle in cities

51 per cent of farmers surveyed do not have access to electricity for farming

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