Cyclone ‘Gulaab’ is wreaking havoc in Maharashtra. The more devastation that was not seen in Andhra Pradesh and Odisha, the more dreadful effect is visible in Marathwada and Vidarbha. Heavy Rain & Flood in Maharashtra has caused severe loss of life and property due to torrential rains.
According to the State Disaster Management, Relief and Rehabilitation Minister Vijay Wadettiwar, 436 people have lost their lives so far, and crops of 22 lakh hectares have been destroyed.
436 killed, 136 injured, success in saving 100 people
Minister Vijay Vadettiwar organised a press conference and informed that out of 436 people who had lost their lives, the bodies of 6 people had not been found yet. One hundred thirty-six people have been injured. NDRF and local police together rescued 100 people in Osmanabad, Latur, Aurangabad and Jalgaon.
One team of NDRF deployed in Osmanabad and one team in Latur is doing rescue work in these two districts by helicopter. In Osmanabad, 16 people were rescued by helicopter and 20 with the help of a boat. In Latur, three people were rescued by helicopter and 47 by boat. In Aurangabad, 24 people were saved with the help of votes.
196 animals drowned in rain and flood, 57 animals died due to lightning
Relief and Rehabilitation Minister Vijay Wadettiwar said that 196 large animals died due to the rains and floods. About 57 animals, small and big, have been killed due to lightning. Countless houses have been destroyed. Agriculture of 22 lakh hectares has been destroyed. 17 lakh hectares of land has been destroyed. So far, 81 per cent loss has been made. Due to heavy rains, the panchnama of 19 per cent loss has not been done yet. New information related to the damage is constantly coming out.
Somewhere it rained four times or eight times.
Minister Wadettiwar said that there are 127 areas where there has been unaccounted rain four times. There are many areas where it has rained eight times. Roads have been badly damaged in many places; electric poles have fallen. The lands have sunk. All these are being panchnama. He said that many water sources had changed their course. The irrigation department has suffered a significant loss due to the flowing of roads and bridges.
Center does not get enough help, alleges Minister Vadettiwar.
The Relief and Rehabilitation Minister also alleged that there is not enough help from the Center in a calamity. He said that in 2020 also the hailstorm had brought similar devastation. Even then, we had appealed to the Center for help. But the team did not come from the centre. To deal with the damage caused by natural calamity, Rs 1,65 was demanded from the Center, out of which only Rs 268 crore 59 lakh was received.