Monsoon fury in state

Aug 14, 2013, 00:42 IST | Agencies

Maharashtra has borne the brunt of this year's monsoon fury with 324 deaths, mainly in the eastern Vidarbha region of the state, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said yesterday.

Heavy rains, floods, lightning strikes and other natural causes led to 324 deaths across the state, besides huge losses to property, mainly in the Nagpur and Amravati divisions of the state.

“Around 5,334 homes were completely destroyed by the rain in the state, while another 72,718 homes were partially damaged,” Chavan said.

“We have disbursed compensation of Rs 2,50,000 per family of 196 deceased persons and compensated for the loss of 4,336 homes,” Chavan said. Besides the human casualties, farmers suffered a loss of 1,852 cattle and other livestock. “The loss of cattle and livestock is being compensated at between Rs 5,000 and Rs 25,000, and 699 owners of cattle have been compensated,” Chavan said.

Fertile farmlands have also been badly affected in the combined onslaught of natural forces, with 753 hectares of farms totally washed away in the floods.

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