Naveen announces relief for 7 days in three flood-hit districts

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Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik reviewed the flood situation in the districts of Bhadrak, Kendrapara and Jajpur through video conferencing at the state Secretariat here on Monday.

Patnaik discussed about the flood situation and necessities with the district Collectors and directed them to provide relief to people in flood-affected areas for a period of seven days.

The chief minister has directed the Collectors of the flood-hit districts to spend Rs 60 for adults and Rs 45 for children below 12 years towards relief expenditure per day.

Besides, the state government will provide treatment and vaccination free of cost to domestic animals in these flood-affected areas, the chief minister announced.

Patnaik has also directed the district collectors to submit the report of damage caused by floods in their respective areas, within seven days.

During the review meet, it was learnt that around 7.5 lakh people in 70 villages, four municipalities and 17 blocks in the districts of Bhadrak, Kendrapara and Jajpur have been affected in the flood. Besides, the flood water has also damaged 50,000 hectares of agricultural land in these districts.

The rescue teams have safely evacuated around 40,000 people to safety and the Health department has also provided necessary medical treatment to the flood victims. This apart, 90 metric tons of fodder has been provided in these areas to feed the domestic animals.

Moreover, the chief minister has asked the district administration to ensure availability of drinking water in these areas.

Revenue minister Maheswar Mohanty, Chief Secretary, Aditya Prasad Padhi, Development Commissioner and Special Relief Commissioner Bishnupada Sethi were also present in the review meeting.

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