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Odisha seeks financial assistance of Rs 1100 crore for recent flood

17/09/2020 at 8:29 PM

Bhubaneswar, Sep 17: Odisha today placed a demand of Rs 1100 crore as financial aid for recent floods. The State government today made the demand while submitting its initial report to the five-member Central team led by Praveen Vasisth.

Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy and Special Relief Commissioner P. K Jena made a detailed presentation of damage, response, relief and evacuation.  

The central team appreciated the efforts of the Government and also agreed to the suggestion to consider supporting the state not only in response as per SDRF norm but also include mitigation measures like strengthening of embankments, construction of new embankments, disaster resilient housing support against damaged houses and other resilient infrastructure. The team also appreciated state’s approach to disaster management and new approach of seeking assistance from Central Government on mitigation measures.

“About 2.25lakh hectares of agriculture and crop land have suffered more than 33% damage. Similarly about 120,000 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 1100 crore and mitigation measures are being worked out and will be indicated in the final memorandum,” said Jena.

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