Centre approves Rs 229 cr for Andhra Pradesh as advance share for SDRF

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New Delhi: The Ministry of Home Affairs on Wednesday approved Rs 229.05 crore for Andhra Pradesh’s State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF).

Andhra Pradesh had faced cyclone Titli this month which caused an approximate loss of Rs 2,200 crores.

The fund released by Home Minister Rajnath Singh will help in the relief measures in the cyclone-hit state. This is the second installment of the fund and the first installment was earlier released in June 2018.

Andhra Pradesh had faced cyclone storm ‘Titli’ on October 11 where Srikakulam and Vizianagaram districts were severely affected.

Based on a preliminary memorandum submitted by the Andhra Pradesh government for additional assistance, the central government constituted an IMCT on October 22. The IMCT visited the affected areas in the state from October 24 to 26.

On the other hand, an eight-member central team will arrive in Bhubaneswar on Thursday to assess the damages caused by cyclone Titli and subsequent floods in Odisha.

Joint Relief Commissioner of Odisha, Pravat Ranjan Mohapatra informed that the team led by Joint secretary of Union Home ministry SK Sahi is scheduled to arrive in the state capital on Thursday.

According to reports, the team will be divided into two groups which will separately visit Ganjam and Gajapati districts of the state to make the damage assessment.

After the team returns to Bhubaneswar, a meeting is scheduled to be held at the state secretariat on November 2, informed sources, adding that a detailed report will be submitted by the team later.

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