The state government has estimated a loss of around Rs700 crore due to last month’s floods A report has been put up before the Centre for seeking grant from National Disaster Relief Fund (NDRF) to compensate affected persons and carry out repairs.
State’s disaster relief minister Vijay Wadettiwar told TOI, “The NDRF will be releasing funds according to its own norms, which may fall short to meet the entire compensation amount. Rest of the amount will be borne by the state.”
He said the state plans to provide over Rs20,000 per hectare for crop losses in affected areas. As per NDRF norms, only Rs6,800 per hectare will be released, and rest will be paid from the state kitty, he said.
The compensation will be, however, limited to only one hectare per farmer, irrespective of more area being affected. The minister admitted that it may not be enough, saying the state government is trying to give the most by granting at least three times the NDRF limit. Even for damage to homes, the government is paying up to Rs95,000, said the minister.
BJP leader and former guardian minister for Nagpur, Chandrashekhar Bawankule claimed that the region has suffered losses of Rs2,000 crore. This includes crops like paddy, cotton, soybean and even citrus fruits.
Meanwhile, the NDRF team on Sunday wound up its tour to assess flood damage in the affected districts —Nagpur, Bhandara, Gondia, Chandrapur and Gadchiroli.
According to details submitted to the team, the floods have left six persons dead — four from Bhandara and one each in Nagpur and Gadchiroli. The deluge has also damaged 92 bridges and 600km-length of roads. This loss has been estimated to be worth Rs324 crore.
On the agriculture front, over 5% of the land under cultivation in the five districts has been affected.
According to the report, the floods have hit 34 talukas of the five districts. The total land under cultivation in the talukas stands at 8,37,642 hectares out of which the floods have damaged area spread in 88,864 hectares. This comes to 5% of the total agricultural area in the five districts and 10% of the land in the 34 affected talukas. The highest loss is to paddy at 67,000 hectares followed by 15,000 hectares of cotton.
The estimates say that 23,000 homes, including hutments, have been damaged. These include 2,900 completely destroyed pucca homes and 1,229 huts. Over 18,000 houses and huts have been partially damaged. More than 68,000 persons had to be evacuated to safer places. The highest number was in Bhandara with 27,300-odd persons and nearly 27,000 in Nagpur.
Around 600 milch animals, big and small, have perished apart from 130 draught animals dying. The floods have also taken toll on over 45,000 poultry birds. Fisheries too have taken a hit as over 8,000kg of fish seeds and market for over 7 lakh kg of fish was lost.
Loss At A Glance
Lives lost 6
Farmland affected 88,800 hectares
Loss to livestock: 600 milch animals, 120 draught animals
Infrastructure: 600km of roads, 92 bridges affected (cost Rs324 crore)
Over 68,000 persons evacuated, 23,000 homes damaged
(With inputs from TimesOfIndia)