As the dust storm wracked havoc in more than half a dozen districts in Rajasthan – claiming lives of nearly 34 people o Wednesday, the Rajasthan government on Thursday announced a relief package for the worst affected areas. An emergency meeting was held by the disaster management minister Gulab Chand Kataria. He said that 16 people were killed in Bharatpur, 10 in Dholpur and 5 in Alwar.
“A relief package of Rs 2.5 crore is being released for the three worst affected districts. Alwar will get Rs 1 crore, Dholpur Rs 85 lakh and Bharatpur Rs 65 lakh. Besides, we are also releasing a compensation of Rs 4 lakh to the kin of each of the victims killed in the dust storm on Wednesday,” said Kataria.
Farmers reported widespread damages to their crops due to the winds blowing at a speed of more than 135 km per hour.
The met department has issued a warning that dust storms will continue to affect normal life in Hanumangarh, Jaisalmer, Jalore, Jodhpur, Churu, Bikaner, Barmer, Bhilwara and Bundi districts.
Scattered rains brought respite from heat in Jaipur and several other parts of the state. The temperature came down by 2 degree Celsius in Jaipur.
Chief minister Vasundhara Raje told media persons in Nagaur that four ministers will the four worst-affected districts and prepare a report on damages.
First published: May 3, 2018