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Vikash Sharma

Bhubaneswar: In view of the large-scale devastation caused by Cyclone Titli, Odisha government today urged the Centre to release an interim assistance of Rs 1,000 crore for taking up relief and restoration works of immediate nature.

In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik also requested the Centre for special allocation under the PMAY scheme for 57,131 houses that have been damaged in different parts of the State by the very severe cyclonic storm.

Odisha had earlier submitted a preliminary memorandum to the Government of India regarding the requirement of Rs 2,770.28 crore and sought central assistance of Rs 2014.09 crores from the National Disaster Response Fund over and above the funds available in the State Disaster Response Fund for the year 2018-19.

In his letter to PM Modi, Patnaik wrote "A non-coastal district, namely Gajapati has been worst affected. Besides the cyclone and floods, a massive landslide in Mahendragiri hill completely destroyed one village i.e Baraghara under Gangabada gram panchayat. As many as 57 persons lost their lives in the district while 10 persons are still missing in landslides, wall collapse and drowning incidents.”

“Besides loss of lives, there has been extensive damage to 57,131 houses and crops in 2.73 lakh hectares of land. The damage to electrical infrastructure in Ganjam and Gajapati districts is immense. As extensive damage has also been caused to roads in rural and urban areas, there is a need to take up restoration works on an urgent basis,” Patnaik wrote in his letter.

Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, who visited Gajapati district today, alleged that the State Govt has been making false claims of keeping record of livestock deaths and restoring electricity.

Pradhan tweeted “I will soon submit a report on #CycloneTitli & its damage to @narendramodi ji. Assured the people of all possible help from Union government.”

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