Orissa`s 197 villages continue to remain marooned

People in 197 villages of three coastal districts of Orissa continued to remain marooned even as flood water receded in most places.

Bhubaneswar: People in 197 villages of
three coastal districts of Orissa continued to remain marooned
even as flood water receded in most places.

"The marooned population are being provided with relief
materials including cooked food for the past seven days. The
process will continue till water recedes," Special Relief
Commissioner, PK Mohapatra said.

While 108 villages in Puri districts remained marooned,
78 villages in Kendrapara district and 11 villages in Jajpur
district were encircled by flood water of river Mahanadi and
its tributaries, he said.

As many as 38 persons were killed and 12 others missing
in the calamity, he said. The officials were asked to disburse
ex-gratia to families of flood victims, he said.

The flood had damaged at least 1,18,719 houses and paddy
crop over 2,89,115 hectares. A total of 30.97 lakh people in
19 of the 30 districts of the state were affected due to the
floods, Mohapatra said.

Meanwhile, the state government has asked the District
Collectors to submit damage assessment reports by
evening as it was expecting the central team anytime
after tomorrow, said a senior official at the revenue and
disaster management department.

The state government has already demanded one lakh
housing units under IAY and seeds for trhe ensuing rabi crop
he said.

PTI

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