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 Chalo LIVE UPDATES: Protesting Farmers On Way To Delhi Face Water Cannons In Haryana

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 - Maharashtra Rains: 48 Dead, CM Asks Officials to Remain Alert as Fresh Showers Predicted

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 - Torrential Rains: Flood-Like Situation in Maharashtra, Karnataka; 50 Dead in Telangana | Highlights

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.