Maharashtra announces Rs 10,000 crore relief package for rain-affected areas
Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray declared Rs 10,000 crore relief package to the flood-hit areas in the state. Talking to reporters in Mumbai after a meeting with the senior leaders of the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) on the rain issue, CM said that the help will be provided by Diwali. Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar also took part in the meeting held via video-conferencing.
Thackeray also stated that the Maharashtra state is yet to receive a total of around Rs 38,000 crore from the central government. The state has already raised a demand with the Centre for relief to affected farmers after Cyclone Nisarga hit state in August.
The withdrawing monsoon caused havoc to harvest-ready crops across over seven lakh hectares, in over 10 districts in western and central Maharashtra. Torrential rain lashed many districts such as Beed, Latur, Sangli, Solapur, Kolhapur, Osmanabad, Aurangabad, Satara recently.
The rains destroyed standing crops like sugarcane, soya bean, cotton to name a few. Cash crops, like cotton, soya bean and sugarcane also suffered extensive loss. Solapur in western Maharashtra and Osmanabad in the central are the worst-affected.
At least 29 people lost their lives last week amid heavy rainfall in five districts in western Maharashtra.