With more than 200 persons dying in floods in Maharashtra, the state government on Thursday announced a relief package of Rs1,935 crore for flood-hit regions.
Heavy rainfall in Vidarbha, Konkan and other parts of the state has caused damage and destruction over the last few days, with the death toll reaching at least 237.
Vidarbha is among the worst-hit, where 107 persons were reported dead.
Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan announced the relief package in both houses of the state legislature, while responding to a debate on the heavy losses in Vidarbha and Konkan owing to the downpour.
He said while 23,200 hectare of land has been swept away, 1,056 hectare has been destroyed. “More than 33,600 houses have suffered losses.
Crops on more than four lakh hectare of lands have been affected,” Chavan said.
Calling the loss to crop and livelihood unprecedented, the CM said the state wants to provide both short and long term measures for the flood-affected regions.
237 people have died so far in Vidarbha, Konkan and other parts of the state, which have seen destruction and damage because of heavy rain
Vidarbha is the worst-hit, with 107 deaths. The toll is likely to rise as heavy rain continues
Damage of land, loss of crops and cattle runs into many crores
He said that Rs840 crore would be allotted for long-term measures including construction of Malguzari dams, cement nullah bunds and desilting of dams. \
Another Rs720 crore will be used for repair of public property, including roads, government offices and bridges, while Rs375 crore was announced for as compensation to people for loss of lives, cattle and crops.
Chavan said that the relatives of those who died in the floods would be given Rs. 2.5lakh, while loss of cattle would be compensated by Rs5,000 to Rs25,000.
Chavan said the state would request the Centre to make compensation norms more suited to people’s needs and assured the opposition that funds for relief would be released immediately.