Kerala Paddy farmers have suffered huge losses in the three-day incessant rains in Kuttanad region of the state. Paddy cultivation in over 1,199 hectare is under water after boundaries defining the fields, collapsed in various paddy fields across the region. The Kerala state agricultural department estimates that Rs 75 lakh is required for reconstructing and dewatering of paddy fields. If the outer boundaries cannot be restored in time than the loss would mount to around Rs 15 crore, claims the department.
Transport minister and Kuttanad MLA Mr. Thomas Chandy and District Collector Ms. Veena N Madhavan visited the flood-affected areas of Kuttanad recently to assess the situation and found that Manimala and Pampa river waters have started to breach low-lying areas in the region and the all-important AC Road is also flooded at Kidangara, Pallathuruthy and other areas. Over 30 to 60 day-old paddy came under water in the heavy rain. Agriculture department officials informed that they have deployed their officials for calculating the actual loss incurred in Kuttanad. Now, Kuttanad farmers are doing the second-round cultivation. The water current has increased in Kuttanad after the heavy rain lashed in the hilly areas of Kottayam and Pathanamthitta districts. The minister has assured all help to farmers and residents of Kuttanad.