While the situation is pretty worse in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka because of the floods, it can lead to severe shortage of food and subsequent price rise of essential commodities in this festive season. This is the season for Kharif crops such as paddy and arhar dal, and news is that currently as much as two lakh hectares of paddy is submerged in Andhra Pradesh and arhar crops in Andhra Pradesh have taken a hit.
Apart from Andhra and Karnataka, heavy rains in Maharashtra have already damaged jowar and bajra crops. Although the exact extent of the devastation can not be as-certained until the flood waters have receded, paddy deficit of 10 million tonnes is being expected. This does come a bad news for all because prices of food items have been going up for the past year or so and now wholesale markets have suggested a further rise in prices unless rain stops. Diwali Festival is round the corner, and the increasing food prices are sure to dampen the festive spirit for many.
Apart from the food grains, vegetable prices are also on the rise because of heavy rains in North Indian states like Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. This year, the weather Gods have not been too kind as in the start of the season it was drought which caused a lot of concern and now it’s the heavy rain and floods. Just when the Govt announced that this was the worst drought in 40 years, we are now hit with floods. Ironically, it’s the places where the monsoon was the best this year and the summer crops were supposed to have survived, that have now been hit with floods.
One just hopes that the rains will recede in the next 4-5 days so that some crop might just survive and people can have a reason to smile during Diwali.