Odisha: 14,000 plus houses destroyed in rains and floodstext_fields
Bhubaneshwar: The incessant rains in Odisha and the floods that followed during the second and third week of August destroyed 14,235 houses and over 1.26 lakh hectares of cultivated agricultural land in 24 of the 30 districts of Odisha, PTI reported citing an official account.
The districts of Angul, Bargarh, Boudh, Naygarh, Sambalpur, Subarnapur, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Khurda, Puri, Bhadrak, Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, Bolangir, Jharsuguda, Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Koraput, Nabarangpur, Nuapada and Sundergarh were affected by the rains and flood.
According to the damage assessment reports submitted by various district collectors, of the 1,26,235 hectares of agricultural land sustaining crop loss of 33 per cent or above in the rain and flood, 5,036 hectares have reported sand coating problems.
However, the state government has sanctioned Rs 128.58 crore for giving assistance for house repair, agricultural input, fishing boat repair and other activities as per the provision of the state disaster response funds. It had already sanctioned Rs 99. 92 crore to the districts for relief works. In addition, departments like water resources, works, rural development, housing and urban development and energy have also been sanctioned Rs 87.15 crore from the SDRF, an official release informed.