New Delhi: The Central government has decided to assess the loss of crop in the eastern part of India as the overflowing of rivers have washed away standing Kharif crop over a vast stretch of land.

Some of the major rivers in eastern Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal have flooded wide stretch of land destroying crops.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture, the rivers flowing in Uttar Pradesh have crossed the danger mark.

In total, 26 districts in Uttar Pradesh are suffering flood-like situation. According to the estimates, more than 2,50,000 hectares of land is inundated with flood water.

The rising water level of rivers have affected Barabanki, Bahraich, Faizabaad, Gonda, Farukhabad, Lakhimpur Kheri, Pilibhit, Sitapur, Ballia, Bijnor, Moradabad, Gorakhpur , Ghazipur including two dozen other villages.

The situation is equally grim in Bihar. More than 100,000 hectare of land has been swallowed by the flooded rivers.

Over 25 districts in Bihar are battling floods. Cultivation of pulses and oilseeds has already taken a major hit due to incessant rainfall in the state.

More so, the flood situation in Bihar is getting affected by water released from dams in Nepal. The rising water level has set the alarm bells ringing for the state administration.

Flood has also inundated 15 districts of West Bengal. As many as 171 blocks have been affected by the raging floods. According to the state disaster management department, rice crop over 275,000 hectares of land has been destroyed due to floods.

Going by the Meteorological Department, West Bengal has experienced such a heavy rainfall after three years. The incessant rainfall in the state has flooded several districts.

Crossing the limit of water required for cultivation, the Central Rice Research Institute informed, at least 700 millimetre of rainfall is required for rice cultivation. But this year the level of rainfall has crossed the mark of 1000 millimetre.

JPN/Bureau