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Naveen reviews drought situation in Odisha

drought-affected areas

Bhubaneswar: Chairing a high-level review meeting on the drought situation in the state, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik ordered to take quick action to activate lift irrigation points in areas that witnessed less rainfall this year.

He also stressed on facilitation of water to agricultural lands through canals and advised to ensure abundant work in MGNREGA scheme.

Eleven districts in Odisha have been affected due to scanty rainfall between June and September this year, informed Revenue and Disaster Management Minister Maheswar Mohanty after the meeting.

Patnaik has instructed all district collectors to submit panchayatwari report on the amount of rainfall and crop loss by October 15. Further action will be taken after getting the report, he added.

As per a report of the State Agriculture Department, while the amount of average rainfall in Odisha is 1144.3 mm, only 1028.3 mm rainfall has been recorded till date. Less than 10.1 percent rainfall was recorded in between June and September and 11 districts are affected due to scanty rainfall.

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