131 blocks in Odisha affected due to Cyclone ‘Jawad’

Bhubaneswar: Due to the Cyclone ‘Jawad’ this month over 5.78 lakh hectares standing crops were affected badly in Odisha. This was revealed during a discussion between the Central inter-ministerial team and officials of the State government at Lok Seba Bhawan in Bhubaneswar today.

The discussion also brought to the fore that standing crop on more than 5.78 lakh hectares in around 131 blocks of twelve districts were severely damaged, according to the eye estimates. These districts were Ganjam, Bhadrak, Puri, Cuttack, Balasore, Kendrapara, Keonjhar, Khordha, Jagatsinghpur, Nayagarh, Jajpur and Mayurbhanj.

The ground level assessment is on and would be completed in seven days. Detail damage report would be sent to the team just after completion of the field-level assessment, said a State government official.

The six-member team was led by Saurav Ray, Joint Secretary Ministry of Home affairs. Other members of the team were Dr Man Singh, Ministry of Agriculture; Dr Manas Kumar Sinha, Ministry of Fisheries; RB Kaul, Ministry of Finance; Shaswat Mohapatra, Ministry of Road Transport; and, Poonam Jain, Ministry of Power.

After assessing the situation at ground zero level, the central team discussed about the damages with senior officers of the State today evening.

The six member team was divided in to three sub-teams after reaching Odisha two days back and had a preliminary discussion with Special Relief Commission Pradeep Kumar Jena. The sub-teams visited the affected areas in the districts of Ganjam, Puri, Jgatsignhpur, Cuttack, Jajpur and Kendrapara.

During the high-level meeting in Bhubaneswar, Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mahapatra, Development Commissioner and Special Relief Commission Pardeep Kumar Jena along with senior officers of the State interacted with the central inter-ministerial team.

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