Maharashtra government on Friday announced a relief package of Rs 10,000 crore for distressed farmers in the rain-affected parts of the state. The state Chief Minister’s Office said that the amount will be disbursed before Diwali.
The announcement was made by Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray during a press conference after holding a review meeting on floods and heavy rains today.
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Heavy rains and floods last week claimed around 50 lives in Pune, Aurangabad and Konkan divisions, while it is estimated that crops on lakhs of hectares were damaged.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray also took stock of the situation following torrential rains in the state and instructed the administration to remain alert in view of a prediction of heavy rainfall again for some days.
Thackeray also ordered immediate spot inspections of damage to crops and properties and disbursal of financial aid to the kin of those who died in rain-related incidents.
Konkan division of Maharashtra, comprising Thane, Palghar, Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts, has received average rainfall of 12.60 millimetres till Friday evening.
Data with the state government shows that Sindhudurg was the wettest in the region with 30.20 mm rainfall during this period.
Since June this year, Thane district has received 2512.50 mm rainfall, Palghar 2492.70 mm, Raigad 2709.00 mm, Ratnagiri 3654.70 mm and Sindhudurg 4328.90 mm.
(with inputs from Agencies)