Heavy rain, flood claim 271 lives in Maharashtra since April
Heavy rain and flood-related incidents have claimed lives of 271 in Maharashtra since April this year, media reports have said.
Rain and hailstorm also completely destroyed 377 houses in the state, while 16,477 houses were also partially damaged.
According to a report, the rains also claimed 1,417 small domestic animals and 1,593 large cattle like cows, bulls and buffalos, according to state minister Dileep Kamble.
The figure mentioned in the report are compiled for the period from April 1, 2016, till date, which includes deaths due to heavy rains, hailstorm and other natural calamities.
“Aurangabad revenue division comprising eight districts is the worst hit in the current year as 70 people died there resulting from natural calamities. Amravati division is on the second number with 66 people losing their lives to such disasters.
“There are a total of six revenue divisions in the state– namely Konkan, Pune, Nashik, Aurangabad, Amravati and Nagpur,” Kamble said.
In the Aurangabad areas, 208 small and 433 major cattle died so far, while 31 houses were damaged completely and 4,214 got damaged partially and the Amravati division reported loss of 25 small and 135 major cattle with 49 houses getting damaged completely and 4,223 houses damaged partially, said an official from state revenue and relief department.
Nashik division, which has reported the third largest human casualty (61 deaths) in the current year, also lost 1,008 small animals while 389 major cattle died due to hailstorm and heavy rains.
In Nashik, as many as 241 houses were completely damaged while 1,363 houses are partially damaged. About 33 people died due to similar causes in Pune division, where 23 small cattle and 572 major cattle have died. The number of completely and partially damaged houses is 27 and 3,466 respectively.
As many as 31 people have died in Nagpur division from April to October this year where 61 small and 50 major cattle have died. Heavy showers damaged 18 houses completely; while 2,297 of them were destroyed partially.
The news agency, quoting officials, reported that in Konkan division, 10 people people were killed, while 35 small and 14 large cattle have died so far. The number of completely and partially damaged houses is 11 and 814 respectively, said the official.