Heavy Rains Batter Odisha: SRC Directs Collectors To Submit Damage Assessment Report By Sept 22

Bhubaneswar: Special Relief Commissioner Pradeep Kumar Jena has asked all Collectors to submit the assessment report on the damages inflicted by heavy rains which lashed Odisha over the last four days.

In a letter to Collectors, Jena said heavy rainfall in different parts of the State in second week of September led to localised flooding. Reports of damage to private property and casualties have also come from some districts.

Assistance to the affected persons for different sectors such as houses, agriculture (crop loss), loss of catte, etc will be delivered from the State Disaster Relief Fund, he stated.

The Collectors have been asked to take immediate action in this regard pertaining to assessment of damage and enlisting eligible beneficiaries for getting relief within a week.

The SRC has listed out the following guidelines for damage assessment and disbursement of assessment:

Geo-tagged and time and time stamped photographed houses and crop area must-be taken during assessment and preserved in the case record. In case of house damage, photo of the beneficiary concerned may be taken along with the damaged house at the background;

In case of houses fully damaged or severely inundated for more than two days, the affected household are to be provided with assistance for clothing and utensils in addition to the prescribed house building assistance;

Crop loss assessment has to be carried out by the joint teams consisting of revenue, agriculture and horticulture personnel. The supervising officers shall conduct test checks to ensure correctness in the assessment;

The cases of loss their lives may be expeditiously processed online through Disaster Assistance Monitoring & Payment System (DAMPS) for sanction and payment ex-gratia to the Next of Kins of the deceased;

Since the damage has occurred in a limited scale, you may take steps for disbursement of the eligible assistance out of available funds without waiting for allotment from SRC. However, funds will be placed after receipt of reports from your end;

All disbursement must be done through DBT i.e., by way of transfer of the amount to the account of the beneficiaries. Therefore, bank account details (preferably 1st page of the bank pass book) of the eligible beneficiaries must be collected at the time of assessment & enumeration; and

In case of house damage, a piece of polythene should be provided to the deserving affected household in the 1st place.