Atleast 508 persons died in 2017 in heavy rainfall : Kiren Rijiju


New Delhi:  More than 508 persons died in heavy rainfall, floods and landslides in 2017. The government has spent Rs 9,382.80 crore as a support to the victims, parliament stated on Thursday.

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Several states including Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and West Bengal witnessed heavy rainfall and flood like situation in 2017, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju directed Rajya Sabha in a written reply.

“As per the details of destruction caused from these states, at least 508 persons have died, 24,811 cattle heads have corroded, 63,215 houses have been broken and nearly 2.8 lakh hectares of crop have been damaged,” he asserted.

“A total of Rs 9,382.80 crore has been spent as central allocates to all the states in their SDRF (state disaster response force) accounts for the year 2017-18 while 3,387.15 crore rupees has so far been given to 21 states.”

During the southwest monsoon season, Rijiju asserted India faces heavy rainfall from June to September every year, but in 2017, all the states received about 70 to 90 per cent of the total annual rainfall.

“(As much as) 89 per cent area across the India received excess normal rainfall and 11 per cent received deficient rainfall till date.” he stated.

Rijiju claimed that Assam witnessed two waves of floods this year till July 19. It badly affected 29 out of 33 districts and lost the lives of human, livestock and damaged buildings.

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Assam government is closely watching rescue and relief operations in all the affected districts to handle the situation. “The Home Ministry has enforced 88 specialised National Disaster Response Force in 26 states/ union territories with 304 boats and required search and rescue equipment.”