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J K govt declares Nov snowfall as special natural calamity

The Jammu and Kashmir government on Friday declared the heavy snowfall earlier this week as state-specific special natural calamity to streamline providing relief and assistance to farmers affected by the unexpected event, an official spokesperson said. The State Executive Committee of the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) headed by Chief Secretary B V R Subrahmanyam took stock of the extensive damage caused due to the intense snowfall on November 3 and 4 in Kashmir division, the spokesperson said. The SEC approved notifying the snowfall as a state-specific-special natural calamity, he said. On Tuesday, Subrahmanyam said preliminary assessment suggested that nearly 53,000 hectares of horticulture and 9,000 hectares of agriculture crops have been damaged and the losses were estimated at over Rs 500 crore. On Friday, the SEC enhanced the relief amount from Rs 18,000 per hectare to Rs 36,000 per hectare for damage to perennial crops, the spokesperson said. It also decided to ...

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