Rain,floods kill 86 in Vidarbha

Crops,sowing on lakhs of hectares damaged

Written by Express News Service | Nagpur | Updated: April 9, 2014 4:07:35 pm

Rains and floods have claimed 86 lives in Vidarbha since June 1. Over 10,000 houses have been damaged and several hundred cattle have perished.

Divisional Commissioner V Gopala Reddy said the toll was 21 in Nagpur district,13 in Chandrapur,Wardha 13,Bhandara 4,Gondia 1 and Gadchiroli 1.

The Amravati division has registered 32 deaths (Amravati 8,Akola 5,Yavatmal 14,Buldana 2 and Washim 3).

Divisional Commissioner D R Bansod said: “Crop damage couldn’t be assessed due to heavy rain. We will do it over the next few days. It could be about 50,000 hectares.”

Deputy Commissioner (General),Nagpur division,S G Gautam said: “We haven’t yet compiled the (death) figure.”

Damage to crops and houses in Chandrapur and other districts lashed by rain over the past week,however,has been extensive.

In Chandrapur,six deaths have been reported. Over 500 houses have been damaged in the city.

Elsewhere in the district,451 villages have been badly hit with more than 3,500 houses partly and 200 fully damaged. The official crop damage figure is over 50,000 hectares.

Chandrapur Thermal Power Station,which has an installed capacity of over 2,300 MW,was producing only about 250 MW at units 1,2 and 3.

“Units 6 and 7 had to be shut due to flooding last week. Restarting the units will take a long time,” Chief Engineer R P Burde said.

Units 4 and 5 are being overhauled.

Gondpipri tehsil in the district received over 333 mm of rain Monday.

Gondia had registered two deaths so far and the crop damage in the district could be more than 1,600 hectares,Additional Collector K C Karkar said. Nagpur Collector Saurabh Rao said,“There have been 20 deaths in the district and the crop damage is to the extent of 61,000 hectares.”

Sources said Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan was likely to visit the region Saturday-Sunday.

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