PM, CM survey cyclone situation, Odisha announces ex-gratia

PM, CM survey cyclone situation, Odisha announces ex-gratia

By: || Updated: 14 Oct 2014 04:00 PM
Bhubaneswar:  Preparing a memorandum to seek central assistance towards damages done by the cyclone, Odisha government today announced ex-gratia of Rs 1.5 lakh for the families those lost their kin in the calamity as Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik undertook aerial survey of the Hudhud-hit tribal belt.


"The damage due to the cyclone is extensive. We will soon seek assistance from the Centre," Patnaik told reporters after his return from an aerial survey from the southern districts.


Stating that he visited Koraput where reviewed the relief and restoration work in Koraput, Malkangiri and Nabarangpur districts, Patnaik said he also undertook similar exercise at Rayagada for Gajapati and Rayagada districts.


"Though damage has been done, all steps have been taken to restore roads, water supply and electrical connectivity in the affected areas," Patnaik said adding that relief and restoration work was going on war footing.


Expressing condolence towards the families of those lost their near ones in the calamity, Patnaik announced an ex-gratia of Rs 1.5 lakh to the families of each deceased.


At least three persons had died during the cyclone in the state. Two children died when the boat in which they were being evacuated along with others capsized in Kendrapada district on October 11, while a fisherman died in Puri after high tidal current caught him while he was trying to save his boat anchored at a beach later the same day.


Meanwhile, special relief commissioner (SRC) P K Mohapatra said: "I have asked the concerned departments and eight district collectors affected by cyclone to furnish reports on losses incurred due to the cyclone. They have been asked to submit their reports by October 16. Once we get the reports, we will place a memorandum before the Centre.


Identifying Gajapati, Koraput, Malkangiri and Rayagada asworst cyclone hit districts, Mohapatra said the cyclone has also hit Ganjam, Kandhamal and Kalahandi districts.


He said the rescue and relief teams were working on a war footing to restore electricity facilities in the four districts affected by the cyclone. "The restoration work is on and we hope complete normalcy would return within 48 hours," the SRC said.


Stating that about 80,000 kutchha houses have been damaged in the calamity, the SRC said that most of the people evacuated and sheltered in safe places in all the affected districts have already returned to their homes.


"Since normalcy is fast returning, NDRF teams are being relieved," Mohapatra said replying a question.


Ruling out possibility of a flood in the state, Mohapatra said, water level of all the rivers is at below danger level. "No flood situation has arisen in any river system," he said.


With improvement in the situation, the train and bus services have resumed in many parts of the state while certain areas still plunged into darkness as the power connection could not be possible due to hilly and forested regions in the tribal belt.


In Koraput and Malkangiri certain roads were still blocked due to tree felling. "The road clearing in naxal hit Koraput and Malkangiri will take some more time," a senior police officer said adding that the security personnel need to be careful while clearing roads in the left wing extremist hit areas.


According to preliminary reports, 25,000 'kutchha' houses were damaged in Koraput district, 15,000 houses in Gajapati, 7,000 in Rayagada and 1,000 houses in Malkagiri, the SRC said.


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