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MAJOR LOSS: Chilli was damaged extensively in Raichur district following the recent spell of rain.
MAJOR LOSS: Chilli was damaged extensively in Raichur district following the recent spell of rain.

Staff Correspondent

Raichur: The loss of public and private property and crops in the recent incessant rain in Raichur district in the two days from March 21 has been put at Rs. 11.73 crore, according to a preliminary survey conducted by the district administration.

Sources in the Deputy Commissioner’s office told The Hindu on Wednesday that tahsildars of the respective taluks, who conducted the preliminary survey, had submitted their reports on the loss of standing crops, private and public property, including houses. The loss due to heavy rain in the district had been assessed at Rs. 11.73 crore. In this regard, a report was submitted to the government on Tuesday.

According to the report, three people died, including two due to lightning, in rain-related incidents in the district. Another person died due to electrocution. Compensation had been released to the affected families except in the case of the electrocution victim. The sources said that 153 head of cattle died, 1,987 houses were damaged and standing crops in about 3,917 hectares were destroyed. Chilli crop, which was ready for harvest, was extensively damaged in Manvi and Raichur taluks. Several roads, bridges and electric poles were also damaged in the rain.

The officials concerned in the Department of Agriculture here have been asked to go to the affected villages to assess the actual loss of standing crops and submit a report within a week.

The sources said that the district administration had requested the government to release funds to provide relief to the affected people and pay compensation to farmers whose crops had been damaged in the rain.

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