People affected by Cyclone Yaas in Jharkhand are yet to receive compensation nearly three months after the storm struck, officials said on Thursday.
Sources in the disaster management department said the central government has allocated Rs 200 crore from the National Disaster Response Fund but it cannot be used till the state government submits a memorandum on damage assessment to the Union ministry of home affairs.
“We are yet to receive the crop damage assessment due to Cyclone Yaas from a few districts in a proper format. Several departments (energy department for electricity distribution damages, road construction department for damages to roads and bridges, rural development department and water resources department) also are yet to submit their damage assessment report. We have to collate it and submit a memorandum to the Union home ministry. Only after a nod from the Union government can the NDRF money be disbursed to the victims,” said a senior official of the disaster management department.
Cyclone Yaas which hit Jharkhand between May 26 and 27 had mostly affected East Singhbhum, West Singhbhum, Seraikela-Kharsawan, Ranchi, Simdega and Gumla districts.
Preliminary government figures put the number of cyclone deaths at four persons and three cattle, while crops in 74.94 hectares of land were damaged. Over a dozen roads and several electric poles, wires and a bridge in Tamar area were also damaged by Yaas.
State disaster management secretary Amitabh Kaushal admitted to the delay in disbursement of compensation. “We have got the allocation under NDRF but we cannot use it till we submit a memorandum. We are trying to get the damage assessment reports from all sections at the earliest and submit it to the Union government as soon as possible,” he said.
Kaushal and water resources secretary Prashant Kumar conducted an aerial survey of flood-affected areas in Sahebganj district on Tuesday.
Chief minister Hemant Soren also undertook an aerial survey of the flood-affected areas in Sahebganj on Wednesday and assured that the government would extend all help to the affected people.
“Proper assessment of the damages due to flood would be done and the government would pay compensation at the earliest. We are actively working to provide food grains to the people, shifting them to safer locations and providing them with healthcare facilities,” Soren said at Barhait block of Sahebganj.
Nearly 48,000 families residing in 132 villages in Sahebganj district have been affected due to the flooding caused by the Ganga.
Nearly 2.5 lakh of the state have been affected in the floods.