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Last week in Odisha, Cyclone Title and subsequent flood made a loss of about Rs 2,765 crore and affected 60.11 lakh people in 17 districts Balasore, Bhadrak, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Gajapati, Ganjam, Jagatsinghpur, Jajpur, Kandhamal, Kendrapara, Keonjhar, Khurda, Mayurbhanj, Nayagarh, Puri, Angul and Rayagada. On Thursday the Odisha Government asked the Centre to release an interim assistance of Rs 1,000 crore for relief and restoration work.
Officials said that the natural calamities had claimed 57 lives and 10 were reportedly missing due to landslides, wall-collapse incidents and drowning.in the state with several damage to infrastructure.
Besides the loss of human lives, there had been an extensive damage to private and public properties, Mr. Sethi leader of Bharatiya Janata Party told about the impact of the calamity on agriculture that the cyclone and subsequent flood have damaged crops in 2.6 lakh hectares of land and destroyed 56,930 houses, and killed 34,951 domestic animals.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “I would request you to kindly consider the grave situation in the state on account of the Very Severe Cyclonic Storm ‘title’ and its associated impacts and request you to please release an interim assistance of Rs 1,000 crore to the state to enable taking up relief and restoration works of an immediate nature,”
Patnaik also mentioned, Keeping in view the fact that 57’131 houses were damaged. Under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY), the Government of India should consider a special allocation of the same number of houses.
Patnaik noted that the state government had submitted a preliminary memorandum to the center, saying: “We asked the National Disaster Relief Fund to provide central support for Rs. 2014.09.09, which is beyond the available funds of the National Disaster Relief Fund 2018-19.”
The Chief Minister added about the immense damage to the electrical infrastructure in Ganjam and Gajapati districts. He also mentioned about the poor shape of the road in urban as well as rural areas which need to be repaired on urgent basis.
District Gajapati, a non-coastal place has been the worst affected area. In the Mahendragiri hills, the cyclone and the flood, a massive landslide occurred, one village, namely Baraghara under Gangabada GP of Gajapati district, is completely destroyed.
Meanwhile, Dharmendra Pradhan Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister visited Gajapati and Ganjam districts and expressed concern over the plight of the people, even eight days after the cyclone hit the coast
Dharmendra Pradhan said, “The government should wake up from its slumber and swing into action to mitigate the miseries of the affected people. He is unhappy with the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) government over the manner they undertook the relief-and-restoration activities.