Kolhapur collector threatens action against those looking to profiteer from floods

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Mumbai: Kolhapur district collector Daulat Desai on Sunday threatened legal action against those looking to make profits out of the flood situation in Kolhapur district, as prices of essential commodities have skyrocketed. There is acute shortage of essential commodities like food grains, vegetables, milk after floods ravaged the Kolhapur district.

According to the directives issued by Kolhapur District Collector Daulat Desai, legal action will be taken against those who are selling products or commodities at higher price while taking advantage of floods in the city. He has asked people to call on 1077 and 2655416 for any such complaint.

Flood waters in Kolhapur city, which has been submerged under water for more than a week, has still not receded entirely. While the relief aid has been coming from all quarters, it is proving to be inadequate.

According to collector office sources, some of the vendors are taking disadvantage of the growing demand for essential commodities and are selling them at exorbitant prices. “The district collector office has received several complaints regarding this. Taking a cognisance of it, the collector has threatened to take legal action against such vendors,” he said. Desai also said water levels have receded considerably in the region and that uptil now, 2,45,229 people from 50,594 families in 249 villages have been evacuated.

Health minister Eknath Shinde said medical squads are providing relief work to flood affected people in the state and that over 70 squads have been deployed in Kolhapur and Sangli districts. “In Kolhapur and Sangli, 1 million chlorine tablets for water purification, vaccination for snake bites and Lepto tablets have been distributed in this region”, Shinde, who is camping in Kolhapur from four days, said.