Maharashtra CMr Uddhav Thackeray announced an immediate financial relief of Rs 100 crore for Raigad district; which bore the brunt of cyclone Nisarga three days ago.
Thackeray made the announcement during a visit to Alibaug, the headquarters of the coastal district, 110 km away from Mumbai.
“For an immediate relief for Raigad district, I have announced Rs 100 crore assistance. This does not mean that there is a full stop with Rs 100 crore. We need to make an estimate. We will release whatever is require. I don’t want to declare a figure that’s exaggerated or less. We will make an accurate estimate and however much is required will be allotted. I will consider the whole issue and I promise you that you will get help. Just like Raigad, I will help the other districts too,” said Mr Thackeray.
Mr Thackeray also ordered officials to ensure early restoration of electricity in Raigad district, where the uprooting of electricity poles has disrupted power supply. Six people were killed in the state due to cyclone-related incidents.
Mr Thackeray will also hold a meeting with senior officials at the district headquarters in Alibaug, said his party.
Along with Raigad, Pune and Ratnagiri, 14 other districts faced damages due to the cyclone. The cyclone – the second to strike India in two weeks – hammered houses, toppled trees and damaged the plantations of cashew in the region.
In Raigad alone, several homes have been destroyed and more than 500 electric poles collapsed.
Relief and Rehabilitation Minister Vijay Wadettivar, said, “Collectors have been asked to survey the damage and send claims. We will disburse compensation for the damages and the government will not fall short in helping.”
Thackeray said the coronavirus threat can increase because of rain. “We have to stop other rain-related ailments as well.