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Flood-hit Orissa waits for damage assessment

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - 16:04

Kendrapara: The flood waters have receded from this coastal area over a week ago but the
people are waiting for damage assessment instead of repairing their houses.

"We are advised to keep the trails of destruction intact till the revenue inspector makes spot verification of the damaged houses, which would be photographed as an evidence
of the loss," many flood victims of Kendrapara district said.

"Time is not ripe for rebuilding and reconstruction. Let the officials assess our loss and give money," remarked Shradhananda Nayak from flood-hit Tikhiri village of the
district.

Nayak says he has infact been asked by the sarpanch to keep his broken house as it is till the revenue inspector visits the village.

"The sight of the broken house pains me ... I have the
resources to rebuild the kutcha house on my own. But I will
wait for house damage assistance from the government," he said
rummaging through the remains of his broken down mud-walled
house.

The scenario is similar in most of the riverside villages ravaged by the flood.

"Rows of damaged houses give a deceptive impression
for the relief teams. Even 10 days after the deluge,
devastation is made to look fresh," remarked Goutam Roul, a
volunteer of a charitable organization.

Though the NGOs are ready to help to clear out the
debris, the villagers insist that those remain till government
officials approve of the money for house damage, he added.

PTI

First Published: Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - 16:04
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