Sharad Pawar requested farmers not to surrender hope.


Nationalist Congress Occasion chief Sharad Pawar on Sunday mentioned the agriculture losses as a result of latest floods in components of western Maharashtra and Marathwada have been “unprecedented” and guaranteed expeditious monetary assist to the affected farmers.

Addressing a gathering of farmers in Tuljapur-Paranda space of Osmanabad district in Marathwada, the previous Union agriculture minister assured them that he would talk about the difficulty of monetary aid with Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and in addition search help from the Centre.

Heavy rains and floods claimed at the very least 48 lives in Maharashtra’s Pune, Konkan and Aurangabad divisions whereas crops on lakhs of hectares have been broken extensively on account of heavy rains in the previous few days, officers mentioned on Friday.

“That is unprecedented. The land has been destroyed in such a method that crops can’t be sown once more for a few years. Floods have destroyed the agricultural economic system on this space,” Mr Pawar mentioned.

“Standing crops have been destroyed and the land has been broken. Every part must be rectified. The state authorities can’t do it alone. We’ll converse to the Centre as effectively relating to a long-term package deal and speedy help,” mentioned Mr Pawar, whose occasion is a coalition companion within the Thackeray-led state authorities.

Mr Pawar requested farmers not to surrender hope.

“It’s a enormous disaster and all of us will tide over it unitedly,” he mentioned.

Mr Pawar recalled how the area bravely confronted the 1993 earthquake in Latur and Osmanabad, with its epicentre at Killari (in Latur), during which almost 10,000 folks died.

“We overcame the issues that point and now additionally, we are going to rise to the event,” mentioned Mr Pawar, who was the state’s Chief Minister at the moment.

Mr Pawar mentioned the Chief Minister has to remain alert on many events, considered one of them being immersion of idols through the Ganesh

“Till the final idol is immersed, the chief minister can’t sleep. That day, there was an issue in Panvel (Navi Mumbai) through the immersion and I used to be busy in discussions with the native administration for decision of the issue.

“It was 3.15 am and I went to sleep. However at 4 am, the doorways and home windows of my home shook and I realised it was an earthquake. I came upon the epicentre was Killari,” he recalled.

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