The failure of district in-charge Minister Baburao Chinchansur to visit rain-hit areas of the district during his visit on Tuesday has shocked people, particularly the flood-affected families.

Yadgir district experienced the heaviest rainfall of the past four years on Sunday. The rain left behind a trail of destruction in Yadgir and Shahapur taluks. Private and public property worth crores of rupees was damaged and standing crops were lost owing to waterlogging of fields.

As per the official figures, more than 250 houses were partially damaged in Gogi, Gurmitkal, Saidapur, Hattikuni, Dornahalli and Hayyal in the district. Crops in more than 100 acres of land were damaged owing to waterlogging. Around 50 sheep and a large number of hens died and at least 10 sheep were washed away across the district. Mr. Chinchansur did not visit the affected areas in Gurmitkal Assembly constituency which he represents.

“The attitude of the Minister is disgusting. If he does not come to our assistance when we are in distress, what is the purpose of electing him,” Siddaram Reddy, a resident of Saidapur, wanted to know.

Advocate Bhaskar Rao Mudbool said it was the major responsibility of Ministers and representatives of the government to visit the affected areas and provide relief. The government should immediately release compensation to the affected families and take up relief work.

Attempts to contact Mr. Chinchansur failed.