State secretariat sources said the agriculture department has estimated that standing crops in around 50,600 hectares in 12 districts have been severely affected after two rounds of heavy rainfall and hailstorm in February end and the beginning of April this year.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has directed the state disaster management department to provide immediate relief to the affected farmers, the sources said.

More than 2.75 lakh affected farmers have been identified and an approximate amount of Rs 59.7 crore has been sanctioned for them.

Funds were released few days ago and the process of giving cheques to the affected farmers has already started, the sources added.

The worst affected are paddy farmers in Nadia, West Midnapore, Burdwan, North 24 Parganas, South Dinajpur, Birbhum and Murshidabad.

In the first week of this month, another round of heavy rainfall has again led to inundation of large agriculture areas.

Relief in these areas would be provided in the second phase, the sources said.

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