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Vaibhav Ganjapure and Balwant Dhage | TNN

120-190% excess rain damages 1.35 lakh hectare crop in Nagpur division

NAGPUR: Deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis termed the flood situation in Wardha and Chandrapur as grave. He visited affected parts of these two districts on Tuesday.

“Excess rain in June and July (120% to 190%) in Nagpur division has caused losses to the farming sector. As per primary estimates, crops on 1,34,871 hectares of land suffered losses. We have directed the administration to conduct a proper panchnama and treat the problem with sensitivity and objectively so that farmers can get an early compensation.”

After holding a meeting at the divisional commissioner’s office, Fadnavis said even the double sowing has got damaged and re-sowing cannot be done at this stage.

“As soil has got washed away, crops like soyabean are completely destroyed. Replantation can be done in only 40-45% areas. Farmers are yet to get compensation for damages caused due to a similar calamity last time.”

Fadnavis also said that many low-lying bridges and roads were damaged and the government was doing its best to establish connectivity to such areas.

“About 450 livestock has also died in the floods. We are trying our best to provide loans under Khawti scheme to farmers. Collectors have been told about the likelihood of more rainfall in September. Our response time in emergency situations like this has reduced and we could save many lives with the help of the state disaster response force.”

Fadnavis said at many places transformers were completely submerged restoring power would take time. “In other places, it was switched off to prevent any untoward incident.”

Fadnavis started his tour from Samudrapur village in Hinganghat tehsil, which was the worst affected. He said the administration will not be able to assess the actual losses immediately. However, Fadnavis assured all possible help.

Accommodation and food was arranged for the the affected villagers at GBMM High School in Hinganghat. In Chandrapur, he visited Navegaon Peth, Chavadi, Pimpalneri villages and interacted with the affected families there.

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