A CENTRAL team arrived here this morning for an on-the-spot aassessment of sites that have been affected due to heavy rains in Indore division.
This team was among three sub-groups that arrived from New Delhi in response to the State Government’s demand for granting immediate cash relief of Rs 100 crore in view of the losses caused due to rains and floods in the State.
The first sub-group comprising agriculture director Dr G K Chaudhary and Finance Secretary Nath left for Dhar and Barwani districts after holding talks with Divisional Commissioner Ashok Das this morning.
The second sub-group comprising officials from Department of Drinking Water Supply and Rural Development left for Ujjain division, while the third sub-group having Department of Road Transport Highways officials will reach Bhopal on September 2. The three sub-groups will hold meetings at Bhopal this week to discuss their assessment with officials in capital.
The sub-group that will assess rain losses in Indore division today toured Kukshi and Manavar tehsil of Dhar district. It will visit Rajpur and Osada in Barwani district tomorrow.
During the course of talks this morning with Divisional Commissioner, the Central officials were informed about grave crop loss that occurred in the division especially in Dhar, Barwani and Burhanpur districts. The official figures estimate the total loss at Rs 73.19 crore that includes crop loss of Rs 40.60 crore. The crops covering 1.49 lakh hectares were hit.
As for property damage, rains damaged 3,252 houses fully and 27,581 buildings partially causing damage worth Rs 4.51 crore and Rs 7.08 crore, respectively. The government spent Rs 5 lakh on 50 relief camps where 4,188 people were lodged.
The monsoon fury disrupted 566 roads and bridges causing damage worth Rs 12.84 crore. Other loss including government building and public properties has been estimated to be Rs 2.73 crore. The total aggregate rainfall recorded in Indore division from August 1 to August 30 is 41789.70 mm. The average rainfall was 5986.34 mm.