Devendra Fadnavis to tour flood-hit areas of Maharashtra from October 19

Devendra Fadnavis

Mumbai: The former chief minister and leader of the Opposition, Devendra Fadnavis announced that he would be touring the rain and flood-hit districts of Maharashtra from October 19.

Heavy rains and flood devastated several villages and cities in western Maharashtra, Konkan while crops on lakhs of hectares have been damaged. Fadnavis would be the first politician of any political party who would first visit in those areas after fury of rains.

Torrential rains have claimed at least 50 lives in Pune, Aurangabad and Konkan divisions. Of them, Solapur alone recorded around 15 deaths.

According to the state BJP sources, the senior BJP leader would start his tour from Baramati, the hometown of NCP chief Sharad Pawar, and would visit nine districts, including Pune, Solapur and Osmanabad. The purpose of the visit is to offer support to farmers, who suffered crop damage due to rains.

Apart from western Maharashtra, this rain has lashed on Marathwada, Mumbai and Konkan region and has damaged the crops. Almost 17 thousand residents from Solapur district alone have been evacuated and taken to safer places. The two-day rains have damaged the crops. Over 57,354 hectares of area has been adversely affected. As many as 2391 house collapse incidents have been recorded so far.

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