RAINS HAVE claimed 44 lives, damaged 28,000 houses and killed 44 cattle in Indore division between August 1-22, with crop damage projected at Rs 12.50 crore. This is, however, a preliminary estimate, as the final assessment is under progress. Government has announced compensation of Rs 50,000 for every deceased.
Official figures indicate that Kharif crop spread over 54,006 hectares in six districts has been hit. Indore district has not reported any crop damage due to rains.
The maximum damage to soyabean and millet crop has been reported from Dhar district where 46,210 hectares of cultivable land has been affected. Next comes Barwani district, where 4,924 hectares of land has been affected. Burhanpur with 1,500 hectares, Khargone with 1,264 and Jhabua with 108 hectares are the other three districts that reported crop damage.
According to Dhar district administration, crop loss there was worth Rs 5.29 crore. It is followed by Rs 4.54 crore in Barwani district, Rs 2.50 crore in Burhanpur, Rs 14.62 lakh in Khargone and Rs 2.91 lakh in Jhabua district.
In addition to the crop loss, the total number of houses damaged was 2,814 while the number of partially damaged houses was 25,355. About 356 bridges and culverts have been damaged. Similarly, 208 ponds and stops dams are in need of repair.
Of the total human deaths, 15 have been reported from Barwani, nine from Indore, six each in Dhar and Jhabua, two each in Khandwa and Burhanpur and four in Khargone district. Of the total, three persons are missing from Khargone district, two in Burhanpur and one each in Jhabua and Khandwa district.