Kathmandu, October 22
The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development says the unseasonal rainfall that Nepal faced for a few days early this week caused a loss of Rs 7.22 billion to farmers across the country.
Preliminarily, the ministry has received reports that rice awaiting harvesting in 67,919 hectares of land got destroyed by the unexpected rainfall in Sudurpaschim, Lumbini and Province 1. As per the ministry’s calculation, this loss is worth Rs 7.22 billion, informs the ministry’s spokesperson Prakash Sanjel.
Four districts of the Lumbini province–Bardiya, Kapilvastu, Banke and Rupandehi–have been identified as the most affected districts, whereas Lumbini is the province that incurred the biggest loss, according to the ministry.
As district officials are still reporting the losses, the amount may increase, says Sanjel.
Over 100 people died due to floods, landslides and inundation caused by the unseasonal rainfall across Nepal in the past few days.