Rs. 1000 crores aid sought

Bhopal: The Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, has urged the Centre to provide an interim assistance of Rs 1,000 crores to compensate massive destruction caused by hailstorm and unseasonal rains in the State last fortnight.

The government machinery has been geared up to assess the damage, and distribute relief.

The unseasonal rains claimed 83 lives and damaged crops in over 2.82 lakh hectare area spread over 7732 villages in 44 districts.

"About 812 cattle perished and 8305 houses in the incident," he said quoting preliminary report. Official sources said distribution of relief to the affected farmers was in progress and about Rs 68 lakhs had already been disbursed to 5254 people.