Maharashtra government on Tuesday decided to bring down the crop loss percentage, which is crucial in awarding compensation to farmers whose crop is hit by natural calamities, to 33 per cent from existing 50 per cent.
The Centre on Thursday assured all possible assistance to Bihar amid demands in the Lok Sabha for a special package to deal with the losses due to the heavy storm and rainfall in three districts that left scores dead and a trail of devastation last night.
With lightning strikes claiming more lives than major calamities like floods and cyclones, the Odisha government has decided to include eight state-specific disasters under the State Disaster Response Fund and directed authorities to prepare disaster management plans for the current fiscal.
Crops in an area of about 14 lakh hectares were damaged due to cold wave, unseasonal rains and hailstorm in Bihar in February-March this year, which also took 20 lives, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said on Wednesday.
2013 will remain embedded in the memory of the nation as the year which saw Uttarakhand suffer the worst natural calamity in its history - a deluge which left over a thousand dead and thousands missing and washed away countless villages, roads and bridges dealing a fatal blow to tourism, the mainstay of the hill state`s economy.
Revenue Divisional Commissioner (RDC) Central Division RDC Arvind Padhee and Cuttack District Magistrate Girish S N today began a joint enquiry into the `relief loot` allegations against some ruling BJD corporators of Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC).
A "green approach" to development, including replanting of trees at least 100 metres away from river banks could minimise the human tragedy of the kind that hit Uttarakhand, an environmental expert says.