Bhubaneswar: The Central team which was on a tour of flood affected districts of Odisha today met senior officials of the State Government after completion of the field review.
At a high level meeting with Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy, Special Relief Commissioner Pradeep Kumar Jena and other senior officials, it was informed that about 2.25 lakh ha of agriculture and crop land have suffered more than 33% damage in the floods recently.
Similarly about 1.20 houses have suffered damages to various degrees. Besides embankments, roads, public infrastructure have also been damaged. “The response support as requested would be about Rs 1,100 crore and mitigation measures are being worked out. The outcome would be indicated in the Final Memorandum,” said Jena.
The Central team was led by Praveen Vasisth. Other members of the team were Dr Virendra Singh, Amripal Singh, Saswat Mohapatra and SS Modi.
“We had the discussion with Central Team in the presence of Chief Secretary, Development Commissioner, Agriculture Production Commissioner, Secretary – Water Resources, Agriculture, Panchayatiraj, Fisheries, Additional DGs of Police of Law and Order and Crime Branch,” said Jena.
A detailed report of damage, response, relief and evacuation was presented before the Central team which appreciated efforts of the State.
“They agreed to support Odisha as per SDRF norms as well as include ‘Mitigation measures’ like strengthening embankments, construction of new embankments, disaster resilient housing support against damaged houses and other resilient infrastructure,” the SRC stated.