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Ramakanta Biswas

The Odisha unit of Congress on Tuesday criticised the State government over the management of cyclone Yaas and relief distribution in the aftermath.

"The government's relief distribution to the cyclone-affected people just remained confined to 200 gram of flattened rice, 5 kg rice, jaggery and polythene. People were forced to starve for 3-4 days during and after the cyclone," alleged Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee working president Pradeep Majhi.

He said no administrative officials had reached out to the people in the affected villages ravaged by the cyclone. 

"As many as 128 villages are still marooned and over 10,000 kutcha houses in those villages have been damaged. How the people in those villages would cook food and satisfy their hunger," Majhi questioned. 

The Congress leader further alleged that the cyclone-hit people are not getting cooked food at ground levels even after Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had announced to provide it for seven days in the affected districts. 

He said farming in four districts- Balasore, Bhadrak, Jagatsinghpur and Kendrapara- was adversely affected by the cyclone. He added prawn farming worth over Rs 700 crore was destroyed and drew the attention of the government towards it.

The reaction of the government on the allegations of Congress was not immediately available. 

It is reminded that the very severe cyclonic storm ‘Yaas’ which hit the north Odisha coast in Balasore on May 26 had left a trail of destruction in Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapara and Mayurbhanj.

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