In Maharashtra, the worst affected districts include Beed, Jalna, Osmanabad, Latur, Nanded, Parbhani, Hingoli, Dhule, Nandurbar and Aurangabad districts. In Jalna district alone, almost 95% of land in about 175 villages growing grapes and sweet lime has been badly affected.
"A total of 46,474 hectares, including non-irrigated and irrigated land, and horticulture garden has been damaged. Of that, 43,824 hectares has been damaged by more than 33 per cent," Divisional commissioner of Aurangabad Purushottam Bhapkar told reporters.
"This year the entire crop has been ruined. I don't know what to do. How do I pay for my kids' education?" asks Kailash Jadhav, who grew pomegranates and grapes.
"I had grown gram on 10 acres of land. It was ready for harvest but now everything has been damaged in the hailstorm. I am staring at a 75 per cent loss," Harish Singh Meena, a farmer in Raisen district, told NDTV.
On Monday, Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced that farmers affected by the rain and hailstorm would be compensated but he didn't spell out details.