Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today took an aerial survey of the situation in the flood-affected districts of Ganjam, Gajapati and Rayagada.
The Chief Minister left for the southern parts of the state in a helicopter from Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA) at around 10.40 am and landed at Rangeilunda Airstrip in Ganjam.
Soon after taking stock of the situation, Patnaik in his media reactions said, “I have just had an aerial tour of the flood-affected districts of Ganjam, Gajapati and Rayagada. The maximum damage has been noticed in agriculture, roads and trees. Relief work is going on a top speed as well as restoration work, construction etc.”
“I’d have a meeting this evening in Bhubaneswar on the flood situation and I’ll announce a package for the flood-affected people,” the Chief Minister said.
When asked about the Gajapati landslide tragedy, the Chief Minister said, “I’ve heard about the landslide. We’re waiting for a detailed report. My deepest condolences for the bereft kin of the tragic incident.”
Notably, the Chief Minister had reviewed the flood situation yesterday through video conferencing with the three Collectors of Ganjam, Gajapati and Rayagada, and had asked them to closely monitor the situation.
The Chief Minister had also formed a three-member ministerial committee yesterday evening to monitor relief, rescue and restoration activities in Ganjam, Gajapati and Rayagada districts which are worst affected by the very severe cyclonic storm Titli.