Chainpur fire victims to get cooked food for 3 days

Athagarh: A day after the devastating fire which gutted 80 houses and killed two women in Chainpur village of Athagarh block in Cuttack district, Cuttack collector Nirmal Chandra Mishra today visited the village to take stock of the plight of the villagers rendered homeless.

Talking to media persons, Mishra said the administration had started enumeration of the houses that have been completely gutted. As per the preliminary information, about 70-72 houses have been gutted, he added.

“We are making arrangements to provide polythene sheets to these homeless villagers to build temporary shelters. Temporary provision of electricity has been made while it has been decided to provide cooked food to the affected families for three days from today,” the collector said.

He also said the government will provide house building assistance to the affected families. The families whose houses have been partially damaged would get the assistance along with Rs 3800 towards clothing and utensils while families which have had their houses completely gutted would get Rs 95,100 each. Apart from this, the family members of the two women who died in the fire, would get around Rs 4 lakh each.

The collector also informed that the affected families would be given temporary shelter in the primary school of the village. “If the school gets over-crowded, we will put up tents inside the school premises to accommodate them,” Mishra said.

“A majority of the people in this village are poor farmers whose only means of livelihood is vegetable cultivation. I have brought the plight of these poor farmers to the notice of the state government. I am trying my best to help them by providing basic amenities at the earliest possible,” Athagarh MLA Ranendra Pratap Swain said.