Naveen reviews flood situation; directs to provide cooked food

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Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today reviewed the situation in three flood-hit districts—Ganjam, Gajapati and Rayagada— due to cyclone Titli, and directed the district authorities to provide cooked food to the affected people for the next seven days.

In a high level meeting at the state secretariat, the Chief Minister talked to the districts collectors of Ganjam, Gajapati and Rayagada through video conferencing and was apprised of the situation there.

Patnaik asked the district Collectors to expedite the rescue operations and provide all sorts of assistance including healthcare services in the affected areas. He also asked the Collectors to submit damage assessment report to the Special Relief Commissioner within 7 days.

During meeting, Ganjam collector urged the CM for helicopter assistance for rescue and relief operations in the affected areas of the district.

Similarly, Gajapati collector sought more fire service personnel for rescue operations. Besides, Rayagada Collector also apprised about the situation and the steps undertaken.

During the meeting the Chief Minister instructed that the flood situation in the districts of Ganjam, Rayagada and Gajapati need to be constantly monitored and the breaches developed in river embankments should be closed as soon as possible.

Patnaik ordered, “Affected people should be shifted to safe places and free kitchen, health and sanitation facilities should be provided to them till they return to their homes. All potable water sources should be disinfected and defunct sources should be made operative immediately. Health camps and animal care camps should be opened up in all affected areas and free medicine should be made available to the needy.”

“The communication in the affected areas should be restored and local authorities should be asked to take immediate steps to clear the debris. Assessment of the damaged crops, livestock and other private property should be taken up immediately, the CM further ordered.

Soon after the meeting, Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi informed that the choppers from Visakhapatnam will be used for operations at Aska and Purusottampur in Ganjam district.

Padhi said, “The power services in Ganjam will be restored within 48 hours. However, the services will be delayed in Aska and Purushottampur. The road communication will be restored in Gajapati district by this evening.”

All the services will be functional within 72 hours in Rayagada. The power service will be restored in Gajapati district by four days. The doctors from other districts will be deployed in three affected districts, Padhi added.

Notably, the flash flood triggered by very severe cyclonic storm ‘Titli’ wreaked havoc in south and coastal districts of Odisha. Three districts – Ganjam, Gajapati and Rayagada – were the worst affected due to incessant rainfall in the past 24 hours.

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