Heavy Rains Ravage Crops in Southern India

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Heavy rains have destroyed crops in India's southern Andhra Pradesh state. But the government plans to assist farmers who have lost crops. Farmers with rice paddies were among the most affected.

Heavy rains and floods have devastated crops in some villages in Andhra Pradesh. Paddy and sugarcane were mostly affected, causing huge losses to farmers.

[P. Badrachalam, Joint Director, Agriculture Department]:
"Most of the areas are inundated and partially some areas are logged also. The other crops damaged in these areas are sugarcane, 'ragi' (finger millet), red gram, pulses, kidney beans, cotton and tobacco are also damaged."

The government plans to bail out the farmers by giving them subsidies and help them get loans.

Heavy rainfall has battered many districts since Monday, as the northeast monsoon gains momentum over India's southern coast.

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