Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government will declare drought-affected areas of the state in the month of November, said Chief Secretary Aditya Padhi after a drought review meeting on Thursday.
“We have asked the district collectors to submit drought report by October 22, following which drought-hit areas in the state would be declared after October 31,” he said.
As per the reports of the collectors, the drought-hit areas would be identified, Padhi added and said as many as 98 blocks in several districts of the state like Bolangir, Nuapada and Bargarh are worst hit.
According to sources, a team led by Special Relief Commissioner Bishnupada Sethi is already on a visit to western Odisha to review the drought situation in the districts.
The team will submit a report to the respective district collectors by October 15. It will also submit a detailed report to the state government by October end, informed sources.