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Rain keeps babus on toes

With politicians busy campaigning for the Assembly elections, it is now left to the state’s administrative machinery to deal with the flood-like situation in the state.

mumbai Updated: Oct 06, 2009 01:08 IST
HT Correspondent

With politicians busy campaigning for the Assembly elections, it is now left to the state’s administrative machinery to deal with the flood-like situation in the state.

The India Meteorological Department has predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall in parts of Konkan, central Maharashtra and Marathwada in the next 24 hours.

The rain has wreaked havoc in Konkan and western Maharashtra. The death toll has risen to 34, and about 2,500 people have been left homeless. About 583 houses have been swept away.

While 13 deaths have been reported from Ratnagiri, the toll in Solapur has gone up to 10. Three people each were killed in Ahmednagar and Nanded, two each in Sindhudurg and Sangli and another in Raigad.

State Chief Secretary Johny Joseph and Additional Chief Secretary (Relief and Rehabilitation) M Ramesh Kumar visited Solapur to review the relief operations. However, they hade to cut short their visits due to bad weather.

“We have asked the Divisional Commissioner of Konkan, SS Sandhu, to monitor the situation in the area and report,” said Kumar.

He added that they were trying to repair the damage in public utilities and connect villages that have been cut off from the rest of the state.

Authorities have announced ex gratia of Rs 1 lakh for the victims’ families, while those who lost their houses in the floods would be given Rs 10,000 for a kaccha house and Rs 35,000 for a pakka house.

Agriculture has been hit hard, with the state estimating the losses at Rs 51 crore.

Konkan Railway services have been restored, while traffic on the Mumbai-Goa highway has normalised, officials said.