My Republica, July 29, 2019
KATHMANDU: Floods and landslides triggered by heavy rains in the first week of July have caused Rs 3.59 billion worth of agricultural loss in Province 2, according to a report prepared by the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development (MoALD).
Livestock loss was calculated at Rs 1.62 billion, while the province suffered crop loss of around Rs 1.97 billion, according to the report. A total of 89,289 heads of livestock perished in landslide and floods, while fish ponds spread over 2,230 hectares were damaged. Seven districts of the province – Rautahat, Parsa, Bara, Siraha, Saptari, Dhanusha and Sarlahi -- were affected by floods and landslides, according to the report.
Farmers lost cows, water buffaloes, goats, chickens and ducks, and fishes worth Rs 1.62 billion. According to the report, farmers of Siraha and Saptari suffered the most, losing 17,335 heads of livestock amounting to Rs 970.3 million, followed by Rautahat with loss of 66,200 heads of livestock worth Rs 350 million. Sarlahi suffered the least damage compared to other districts with poultry worth Rs 50 million destroyed. While farmers of Dhanusha lost ducks worth Rs 150 million in the floods, those in Parsa and Bara lost 34 goats, while fish ponds spread over 130 hectares was flooded causing loss of Rs 100 million.The floods destroyed paddy crop planted in spring season, paddy crop transplanted in monsoon season, maize, vegetables and banana plants.
According to the report, floods and landslides affected 77,034 hectares of land in the province. Bara suffered the most with 50,300 hectares of land affected by the floods.
Floods and landslides caused losses of Rs 350 million in Rautahat, Rs 80 million in Sarlahi, Rs 50 million in Mahottari, Rs 200 million in Dhanusha, Rs 300 million in Saptari and Rs 50 million in Siraha, damaging crops like paddy, vegetables, maize, and banana plants.
According to the report prepared by MoALD, floods and landslides caused agricultural loss worth Rs 815.47 million in Province 1.