Kendrapara, Dec 18 (LocalWire) Incessant rains over three days under the impact of Cyclone Phethai has severely damaged large tracks of ripe paddy, green gram (Biri) and black gram (Mung) crops across in the coastal pockets of Kendrapara district.
Large tracks of ripe paddy crops were damaged in the recent rain in Garadapur, Rajnagar, Aul, Rajkanika, Derabishi, Marsaghai, Mahakalapada and Pattamundai blocks of the district.
“We were preparing to harvest ripe paddy crops within a week. But incessant rains damaged our crops,” said Patkura farmer Manoj Tripathy.
Some farmers, who harvested paddy hurriedly fearing the imminent rain, tried their best to store the crops in their houses after winnowing them.
“I harvested paddy crops over my one acre land three days back. But I could not harvest paddy over my three acre in Kusuipala village due to non-availability of workers. The rain damaged ripe paddy crops,” said Kusuipala farmer Biswanath Behera.
The rains also severely damaged large tracks of vegetables, black grams and green grams across the district.
Complaints of crop damage have been pouring in from many villages.
“Now that the crops are destroyed, how will we repay our bank loan?” said Garadapur farmer Ranjan Pradhan.
Due to Cyclone Phethai, seawater has entered the villages close to the shore in the district following high tide on Monday .
Large tracks of agricultural land of Kanhupur, Magarakndha, Batighar, Suniti, Kansarabadadandua, Badatubi , Sanatubi , Jamboo and other areas were inundated.
Incessant rains for the last two days wreaked havoc and threw normal life out of gear in the district.