With the rain subsiding, Beed district authorities have started inspecting the damage and counting the losses from the retreating monsoon that lashed the district for over two weeks. As many as 15 people have lost their lives in rain-related incidents.
District Collector Naval Kishore Ram, who started touring the district from Monday, said, “At least 15 people have died in rain-related incidents. In one incident, the person was trying to take a selfie. Another one relates to people trying to swim in swollen waters.”
The victim’s family would be paid compensation, he added. The collector said crops on 3.69 lakh hectares had suffered damage according to primary estimates. “Soyabean crop, which is widely grown by farmers of the district, has suffered major damage followed by cotton crop,” he said.
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District officials said the loss could be between Rs 200 crore and Rs 300 crore, but these are early estimates. But Ram said the farmers won’t bear the losses as all of them were covered under the Prime Minister’s Fasal Beema Yojana. “Last year too, maximum farmers of Beed had benefited. This year too, we will ensure that no farmer suffers losses,” he said.
Ram said their biggest worry about shortage of water is over. “All the major dams, medium and smaller irrigation projects are overflowing. For next two-three years, Beed will not suffer any water shortage,” he said, adding that drought fears are now over.