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Madhya Pradesh rains, flood damage at Rs 1,067 crore

HAJIPUR, AUG 23 (UNI)- People crossing flood water on boat as they are shifting to safer places after flood water entered in villages in flood affected Hajipur district in Bihar on Tuesday. UNI PHOTO-67U

Bhopal: Heavy rains and flooding in Madhya Pradesh have caused massive damage to property and crops, estimated at around Rs 1,067 crore, according to officials.

In the last few days, heavy rains in the state have damaged 4,500 km of roads, broken 12 bridges and flooded more than 100 villages while crops have been lost on a large scale.

Reports presented by the Relief Commissioner puts the death toll at 184 persons and the injured at 30. More than 80,000 houses have been destroyed while 55,000 flood-affected people have been sent to relief camps.

Two Indian Air Force helicopters helped to rescue the flood hit from Rewa and Satna districts.

According to initial estimates, crops in an area of more than four lakh hectare including soyabean, sesame and lentils have been destroyed.

The government is providing 50 kg of cereals and five litres of kerosene to each flood-affected family. The number of the affected stands at around 110,000.r