Flash flood fury: Odisha CM conducts aerial survey, to announce package today

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today conducted an aerial survey of flood-hit areas in three districts to see the damage and loss of properties due to flash flood triggered by the severe cyclonic storm ‘Titli’.

Taking a special flight from Bhubaneswar, CM Patnaik made assessment of flood situation in Ganjam, Gajapati and Rayagada districts.

“The maximum damage that has been done to the agricultural crop, to the roads and to the trees. The relief work is going on its top speed as the restoration work as well of construction etc,” told Patnaik to the reporters after aerial survey.

He is likely to announce special package for these districts after a review meeting in the State capital this evening.

“I shall have a meeting this evening in Bhubaneswar on the flood situation and I will announce a package for the flood affected people,” he said.

When asked about whether the State government will seek financial aid from the Centre, he said, “Once we have done a detailed research into it, then we will decide how much to ask for.”

Meanwhile, a three-member ministerial committee has also visited the flood-hit districts to morning to monitor the rescue, relief and restoration operations.

Also, Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi today discussed with collectors of flood hit Ganjam, Gajapati and Rayagada districts regarding rescue, relief and restoration operations.

He said that the relief is being supplied through chopper to remote areas of these districts and the cooked food will be provided for next seven days as per the CM’s order.

The power service, water issues will be restored within seven days in three districts, said an official source. The residents in Aska and Purushottampur of Ganjam district will have electricity by this evening, he said.

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