CM Thackeray announces Rs 10,000-crore aid to flood-hit people

CM Uddhav Thackeray

Mumbai : The chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on Friday announced a financial assistance of Rs 10,000 crore to the flood-hit people in the state, including farmers. Heavy rains and floods last week claimed several lives in Pune, Aurangabad and Konkan divisions, which also left crops on lakhs of hectares damaged.

Solapur, Osmanabad, Latur, Nanded and Pandharpur were among the worst-affected places, where crops like soybean, cotton and sugarcane were damaged on a large scale.

While announcing the package, the chief minister Thackeray assured that the assistance will be provided by Diwali. Recently, Thackeray toured the flood-affected districts in western and central Maharashtra. The Maharashtra CM, along with other top ministers from his cabinet, visited villages that were hit by heavy rains in Solapur and met with district officials to take stock of the situation.

Harvest-ready crops on hectares of land were found destroyed in the torrential rains and flooding that occurred for more than four days in many districts of central and western Maharashtra.