Odisha Govt seeks crop damage report within 7 days

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government on Saturday asked all the district collectors to submit a report on crop loss due to untimely rain within a period of seven days.

Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Bishnupada Sethi has written a letter to all district collectors to send report of crop loss due to the unseasonal rain to the state government within November 25, the sources said.

The government is likely to announce a fresh package for affected farmers after getting information from the district collectors.

Meanwhile, as the intensity of the low pressure induced rainfall declined across the state, state government officials today started visiting different areas to take stock of the crop situation, said the SRC.

The officials have been told to strictly adhere to the directions of the state government for assessment of crop damage, if any, due to rain, Sethi said.
The paddy cultivation in a number of districts in the coastal region has been severely affected due to unseasonal rain.

The IMD in its report to the state government informed that rain and thundershower is likely to occur at one or two places over different parts of the state till November 23.

IMD sources said average rainfall of 7.5 mm was recorded on Saturday. The highest rainfall of 52.4 mm was recorded in Kendrapara followed by 31.3 mm in Jagatsinghpur, 17.9 mm in Jajpur, 16.2 mm in Dhenkanal, 14.8 mm in Bhadrak, 11.7 mm in Cuttack, 11.5 mm in Puri, 11.3 mm in Nayagarh and 11.2 mm in Keonjhar and eight district did not receive any rainfall.