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Hail-hit farmers block roads to expedite compensation

IANS  |  Nagpur (Maharashtra) 

Three days after they suffered huge crop losses following unseasonal rains and hailstorm in different parts of Maharashtra, angry farmers on Tuesday staged road blocks on the busy Nagpur-Highway demanding expeditious compensation.

Hundreds of farmers shouting slogans converged on the highway near Kondhali and other villages, stopped all vehicular movement and burnt tyres to vent their ire at the delays in getting aid.

MLA from Katol in Ashish Ranjeet also joined the protestors when he had gone to survey the unseasonal rains and hailstorm affected areas in on Tuesday.

The protesting farmers, who disrupted traffic on the highway for a few hours, demanded that should personally inspect the damage to crops in the natural calamity and make arrangements to disburse aid on top priority.

On his part, urged the local administration to immediately carry out preliminary assessment of the losses suffered by the farming community to enable them get compensation as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, Congress Ashok Chavan, Nationalist Congress Party's of Opposition (Council) Dhananjay Munde and other senior leaders from both parties visited several of the worst-hit areas on Tuesday and interacted with the victims.

The rains and hailstones coupled with lightning since Sunday morning have claimed the lives of four persons so far in different parts of

on Monday said that in a total of 124,294 hectares, huge quantity of standing crops including fruits, vegetables and cereals, was virtually flattened due to rains and hailstones in 1,086 villages spread across 11 districts of and Marathwada.

The revenue and agriculture departments have already submitted a preliminary report of the losses to the from the affected districts -- Beed, Jalna, Parbhani, Jalgaon, Buldhana, Amravati, Akola, Washim, Latur, Osmanabad and Hingoli.

--IANS

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First Published: Tue, February 13 2018. 20:58 IST
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