Nitesh Kumar Sahoo

The heavy downpour under the influence of deep depression over the Bay of Bengal has damaged crops on more than 2000 hectares of farmland, 483 houses in Mayurbhanj district

After assessing the damage caused by the incessant rain, the State Revenue and Disaster Management Minister Sudam Marndi, on Monday, ordered the authorities to prepare a detailed report on the crop loss and submit it to the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) within 10 days.

"I have instructed all the officials including the collector to complete the crop loss assessment within 10 days and submit the report to us. We will take immediate action with temporary measures to restore transportation in places where areas are cut off from the mainland due to the rainfall," said Marndi. 

"I have also sought a report on bridge damages so that we can take required actions," he added.

According to sources, as many as 22 blocks, 127 panchayats and 396 villages in Mayurbhanj have been affected due to the heavy rainfall triggered by low pressure. 

Along with that, over 5,000 individuals were affected and around 483 houses under Baripada municipality were damaged in the rain. Besides, crops on 2,120 hectares of farmland have been destroyed in the heavy downpour.