According to revenue department officials, about 49,042 hectares in the region was affected in March due to rain and hailstorm including 28,233 hectares in Western Vidarbha which comprises five districts in Amravati division.

Similarly, the total number of farmers affected in the entire suicide-prone region was estimated to be around 98,384, the highest being 54,962 farmers in six districts of Nagpur division in Eastern Vidarbha, official sources said after revenue authorities conducted a survey for losses in both Amravati and Nagpur division recently.

"Yavatmal district often described as the 'suicide capital' of Vidarbha topped the list with about 11,066 hectares of crop particularly wheat suffering more than 50 percent damage in the rains. The number of affected farmers was estimated to be 6,567," Ravindra Thakre, Deputy Divisional Commissioner (Revenue) who monitored the survey told reporters.

President of Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti (VJAS), Kishore Tiwari, an advocacy group of farmers told reporter that about 445 farmers have committed suicides in last four months About four lakh farmers are in acute distress and are in need of farm loan waiver and food security, Tiwari
claimed adding that about 10 lakh hectares of Rabi and four lakh in Kharif season was damaged due to to untimely rains.

The state government should implement Dr Narendra Jadhav Committee report which has recommended food and health security to farmers, he demanded.

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