After Aerial Survey Of Flood-Hit Areas, Odisha CM Announces 15-Day Relief

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who on Thursday afternoon conducted an aerial survey of flood-affected areas, announced relief assistance for 15 days for the affected people of Khurda, Puri, Cuttack, Kendrapada and Jagatsinghpur districts.

Naveen also announced relief assistance for seven days for the affected people of Sambalpur, Bargarh, Sonepur, Boudh and Angul districts.

The CM ordered district administration officials to assess the damage to houses and crops within seven days once floodwaters recede and provide compensation for the damage in the next 15 days.

Naveen, who took off from Bhubaneswar airport at 3.30 pm, surveyed the flood situation in Khurda, Puri, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur and Kendrapada districts.

Secretary to CM (5T) V K Pandian accompanied him.

Naveen directed officials to provide all help in the affected areas, including ensuring provision of cooked food, medical facilities and drinking water. He also directed officials to ensure supply of fodder for cattle and their treatment in the affected areas.

The floods have affected 12 districts, affecting more than 4.67 lakh people in 1,757 villages, as per preliminary assessment of the government. The districts are Angul, Bargarh, Boudh, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Jajpur, Kendrapada, Khurda, Nayagarh, Puri, Sambalpur and Subarnapur.

As many as 53,866 people have been evacuated so far from the flood-affected districts. More than 2.26 lakh people have been marooned in 425 villages.

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