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25 die in rain-related incidents in Rajasthan

25 people were killed in rain-related incidents, while crops in 26 out of 33 districts in Rajasthan were damaged in the last three days, even as various district officials have been directed to conduct surveys to assess crop losses and submit a report to the government at the earliest so that relief could be provided to farmers affected.

In a video-conferencing yesterday, Rajasthan Chief Secretary CS Rajan directed Divisional Commissioners and District Collectors to conduct surveys in the district affected by rain and hailstorm, and prepare ‘Girdawari report’ at the earliest to asses actual losses to crops, according to an official statement issued in Jaipur.

The Chief Secretary also reviewed the relief work and gave necessary directions to the officials, according to a release.

The Rajasthan Calamity and Relief Minister GC Kataria told the House that 25 people died along with over 166 cattle and 1,315 livestock animals killed in the rain-related incidents so far.

Affected crops include cumin, coriander, orange, Isabgol, garlic, wheat, and mustard seeds crops in 4,247 villages, the statement mentioned, adding, more than 50 per cent crop damage was reported in 3102 villages.

Principal Secretary, Relief, Rohit Kumar said that efforts were on to provide relief to affected farmers.

Additional Chief Secretaries Ashok Sampatram, ShreematPandey, Principal Secretary Rajeshwar Singh, Secretary Rural Development Rajiv Thakur, Secretary Revenue Alok were also present with the Chief Secretary during the video conferencing.

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