Orissa presents Centre with Rs 4,242-cr wishlist

IMD report says more rainfall may hit state from October 23.

Written by Debabrata Mohanty | Bhubaneswar | Published:October 21, 2013 12:43 am

Orissa,on Sunday,presented visiting Union Home Secretary Anil Goswami with a Rs 4,242 crore wishlist for damage caused by cyclone Phailin. The major demand has come from the energy department who has calculated its losses at Rs 1,048 crore while the panchayatiraj department has asked for

Rs 855 crore.

Last week,Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik demanded central assistance of Rs 1,000 crore over and above the corpus of Rs 523 crore available in the State Disaster Response Fund for 2013-14.

Goswami,who visited Ganjam district Sunday,said he was happy with the evacuation exercise,but admitted that Ganjam has suffered extensive damage. He said another inter-ministerial team will soon visit Orissa to assess damage caused by the cyclone before the Centre sends any assistance.

Meanwhile,an IMD report has said that low pressure over the southwest Bay of Bengal is likely to hit southern Orissa next week and has triggered more worry for the state’s residents who are already protesting tardy relief in districts like Mayurbhanj.

The IMD has stated that the low pressure will be formed under the influence of two upper air cyclonic circulations. Under its influence,heavy rainfall may re-occur in southern Orissa from October 23.

The announcement has caused fear in Ganjam district — Ground Zero of cyclone Phailin. With 2.38 lakh houses damaged and officials not able to send polythene rolls to the affected,there are fears that the latest low pressure will prove to be catastrophic.

Special relief commissioner PK Mohapatra,however,said the government was geared up to distribute polythene to all those whose houses have been damaged before October 23. “We will continue relief operations till October 22 and may extend it depending upon the requirement,” he said.

“Most of the government officials houses have been damaged. The offices of revenue inspectors,where we are supposed to keep polythene rolls,are also severely damaged. The situation is so bad that some of these offices need polythene rolls to save them from rain and sunshine,” a district official said.

In Mayurbhanj district on Saturday,people of Baripada town pelted stones at the police after they failed to get relief 5 days after a massive flood inundated the town. An assistant sub-inspector was injured in the incident.

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