With three villages in Banaskantha district almost washed out and over 80,000 animals dead, the state government has put primary damage figures for the last week’s flood that affected north Gujarat and Kutch region in the range of Rs 1,500 to 2,000 crore.
While state government has not made clear if aid from the Union government is required, it will submit, within the next three days, a primary memorandum to the central government about the situation. This will be followed by a detailed report. Along with a total of 72 deaths in four districts — Banaskantha, Patan, Mehsana and Kutch — a huge number of cattle deaths have been recorded.
“A total of 81,480 cattle deahts have been reported from the affected districts,’’ said government spokesperson and Health Minister Patel. “Three villages in Dhaner belt of Banaskantha district, have been totally washed out.
Rivers here have reported a change in stream direction,’’ said Patel adding, that the government has been considering allotment of new land for relocation of these villages. When contacted Banaskantha additional collector M Mistry said, “ We need to check files for 3 villages that have been badly washed out”.
Urban Housing Development minister Shanker Chaudhary, who has been put in-charge of relief operations in Banaskantha said, “Shortage of milk for the dairies for short-term operation in the region is likely to be felt due to deaths of cattle’’. One of the biggest milk cooperatives Banas Dairy operates from the region.
“Arrangements for proper burial of the animals have been made to avoid outbreak of any disease,’’ said Patel. Senior cabinet ministers will visit affected districts later this week to prepare the full and final report.
So far, the state government has issued aid to the tune of Rs 1.24 crore towards 41 deaths of a total 72 reported cases. More than Rs 1,317 crore has been doled out in cash.