Ujjain: A nine member Central team will visit Agar- Malwa, Ujjain and Indore regions to assess the loss of crops due to hailstorm and unseasonal rainfall, on Friday under the leade rship of Union Joint Secretary of Agriculture and Cooperatives Sanjay Lohiya. Members of the team held discussions with senior officers at Mantralaya on Thursday. The state government has sought a Rs 5723.65 crore special package from the Central government to provide relief to people affected by unseasonal rains and hailstorm.

The team will assess loss to crops, human lives and cattle heads and damage to houses in Madhya Pradesh. Additional Chief Secretary and Agriculture Production Commissioner MM Upadhyaya informed the Central team that rains in February and March were unprecedented in the history of Madhya Pradesh. These rains have broken all previous records. This year, excessive rainfall was registered in 41 districts in January and all 51 districts in February.

Excessive rains were also witnessed in 35 districts in the state in March. The first team comprises of deputy commissioner of Animal Husbandry, Dairy and Fishery Dr RG Bambal and Assistant Advisor in Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation Saleem Hyder. The team will leave by helicopter from Bhopal for Dewas at 7.30 am. The team will take night halt at Indore. At 7.30 on March 15, the team will go to Dhar from Indore and then return from Dhar to Bhopal in the afternoon.

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