Central team arrives, to visit flood-hit areas today

Bhubaneswar: An Inter-Ministerial Central Team (IMCT) led by Rashmi Goel, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs which arrived here this afternoon will visit the flood-affected areas of Ganjam and Balasore districts today, according to an official.
During their four-day tour, the eleven-member team will make an on-the-spot assessment of the damages caused due to Cyclone Phailin and the subsequent floods that have affected more than 1.65 lakh people in 10 districts, the official added.
“The IMCT will be divided into two groups and will visit the most affected districts like Ganjam, Puri, Balasore and Mayurbhanj,” Special Relief Commissioner Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra told media persons here today adding KS Rao, Crop Production head at CRRI, Cuttack and SSC Patnaik, senior scientist at CRRI will assist the teams during their field visit.
The State government also submitted a supplementary memorandum to the IMCT showing a loss of Rs 1,590 crore due to the recent floods.
Notably on October 20, the state government had submitted a memorandum to Union home secretary Anil Goswami in Bhubaneswar requesting the Centre to provide Rs 4,242. 41 crore in form of grant to rebuild homes and power infrastructure that were affected during Phailin cyclone and floods.
Official figures show as many as 4,611 villages under 589 GPs of 68 blocks have been affected. Over 2.29 lakh people have been evacuated so far and provided cooked food or dry rations.
The flood situation continued to remain grim today, mainly in worst-hit Ganjam district, as the death toll rose to 17.