Bhopal, Oct 3 : Madhya Pradesh has sought central assistance of Rs 7,154.28 crore – comprising Rs 6,621.28 cr under the National Disaster Response Fund and the remainder as the State DRF’s second instalment for this fiscal – to offset havoc caused by excessive precipitation and consequent floods.
Principal Secretary (Revenue) Manish Rastogi informed that of the Rs 1,066 crore sanctioned under state disaster management for 2019-20, approximately Rs 362 cr was expended till mid-September in combating other natural calamities including hail and frost besides relief disbursal, an official release said.
According to the Revenue Department, out of 52 districts, 39 suffered heavy losses. During the period June to September, rain affected crops worth Rs 16,270 cr over about 60.47 lakh hectares. Dwellings ruined included 55,372 semi-permanent ones and 4,098 pucca abodes even as 55,267 kutcha houses were partially damaged.
A total of 3,649 huts and 3,274 cattle-sheds suffered harm. As many as 674 people died, 18 become disabled and three suffered serious injuries. About 1,515 dairy cattle, 373 loading cattle and 3,270 fowls perished. The repair cost of public property is estimated at Rs 2,285 cr. (UNI)