Pathanamthitta Collector submits report to Central team

District Collector Pranab Jyotinath has apprised the Central team that the monsoon havoc has caused damage worth Rs.37,66,41,342 in different parts of the district.

The , Joint Secretary to the Ministry of Home Affairs, on the heavy damage to buildings, roads, crops, etc in the district owing to the monsoon havoc during the past two months. According to Mr Jyotinath, many major roads as well as rural roads in the district were badly damaged due to flooding and prolonged water logging. The loss due to damage to roads was estimated at Rs.26.75 crore, the report said.

He said crop loss in an extent of 382.9 ha of land had led to a loss of Rs.3,79,82,000. Similarly, the Irrigation wing of the Water Resources department and Kerala Water Authority incurred loss worth Rs.4.18 crore and 96 lakh respectively in the natural calamity.

The Collector said the loss to the Kerala State Electricity Board, Animal Husbandry, and the Fisheries sectors had been estimated at Rs.51,04,847, Rs.43,06,590, and Rs.12.75 lakhs respectively.

Mr Jyotinath said 11 houses were completely destroyed and 635 houses partially damaged in the natural calamity in the district and the loss was estimated at Rs 90,52,305.

A total of 10 persons died in the monsoon havoc during the period from June 1 to July 16. As many as 4,398 people were shifted to 50 flood relief camps opened in the district during the period, the report said.

Revenue Minister Adoor Prakash, who had accompanied the Central team to the landslip-hit Muthupezhumkal in Konni, said the State would get maximum possible Central assistance. He said the Union Minister of State for Home, Mullappally Ramachandran, had taken special interest in speeding up the visit of the Central team to the affected areas in the State.

Mr Prakash said the team could not assess the exact damage in Alappuzha district, as many affected areas still remained submerged in the flood waters. The exact damage would be assessed once the flood waters receded, he said.

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