Berhampur: The district administration has decided to come to the aid of students who have lost their homes and property in a major fire that broke out two days ago in a slum area near Khaza street in Berhampur.

With the exam season approaching, the students were worried that they might have to give their finals a miss having lost their books to fire, a district official said, adding that relief is in store for them.

District Education Officer Sanathan Panda said textbooks for primary classes will be provided from the Sarva Shikshya Abhiyan funds while supplies for high school students will be sponsored by Junior Red Cross.

The students will have to report their loss to the headmasters of their schools to avail of the benefits. "We will provide the books once we get a report from the headmasters," Panda said.

The corporator of ward no 17 of Berhampur Municipal Corporation, Mamata Bisoi, said she will prepare a list of students, who can benefit from the initiative.

"We will soon prepare a list of the affected persons and ask them to report their names to the headmasters," she said.

Over 300 families were rendered homeless and properties worth Rs 21 lakh were gutted in the fire on Thursday. The administration has arranged for temporary accommodation of the victims at a nearby school building, a district official said.

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