In a bid to help people affected by the flood, the Maharashtra government will provide free food-grains and kerosene to them, Food & Civil Supplies Minister Chhagan Bhujbal said on Saturday.
The special aid will be given to all the people who have lost their loved ones and their house in the devastating flood. Around 89,000 have been rendered homeless in the ravaged regions of Raigad, Sindhudurg, Ratnagiri, Sangli, Kolhapur and Satara which are hit the most by the torrential downpour since Thursday.
Accordingly, the government will provide 10 kg wheat, 10 kg rice, five kg dal and five litre kerosene to each family, as per a government policy of March 2019, said the minister.
The kerosene will help people cook their meals since many areas are still waterlogged and are without electricity and other fuels supplies due to the floods have been hit since the past three days.
"We have decided to double the Shiv Bhojan Thali supplies to the six districts to help the people as there are other types of shortages due to muck and slush in homes, roads washed away and other problems of survival," the minister said.
Meanwhile, at least 22 people have died so far in various rain-related incidents and landslides in Satara district of Maharashtra while 20 others are missing, officials said on Saturday.
As many as 379 villages in this district in western Maharashtra were affected due to heavy rains and over 5,000 people were shifted to safer places.