Mumbai: Maharashtra government on Friday announced a relief package of Rs 10,000 crore for affected people and distressed farmers in the rain-affected parts of the state. The state Chief Minister’s Office said that the amount will be disbursed before Diwali.Also Read - Delhi, Nearby Areas Witness 'Satisfactory' Air Quality As Heavy Rain Lashes Region

The announcement was made by Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray during a press conference after holding a review meeting on floods and heavy rains today. Also Read - Fish Falls From The Sky During Rain in A Bizarre Weather Event. No, We Aren't Kidding!

Thackeray said, “It is the government’s duty to give help to those affected by flood and rains. After review meeting, I’ve decided to give Rs 10000 crores help to farmers and affected people for various work in flood-hit region. We’re trying this help reaches people by Diwali.” Also Read - Rain to Dean Elgar's Resistance: Things That Can Stop Virat Kohli-Led India From Winning 1st Test at Centurion

He added, “Instead of Rs 6,800 per hectare help to farmers, we’re increasing it to Rs 10,000 per hectare. I will also urge the Centre to do the same. Till now, we have given approximately Rs 3,800 crores help to disaster-affected people.”

Heavy rains and floods last week claimed at least 48 lives in Pune, Aurangabad and Konkan divisions, while it is estimated that crops on lakhs of hectares were damaged.