Flood situation improves, Odisha seeks Rs 5,832cr from Centre

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government on Monday sought Rs 1,590 crore from Centre towards relief and restoration in ten flood-hit districts of the state. A supplementary memorandum in this regard was presented to the inter-ministerial central team which arrived here this afternoon to make an on-the-spot assessment of damages caused due to the recent floods.
 
“We have presented a supplementary memorandum of Rs 1,590 cr to the central team which will evaluate the loss and make their final report after concluding the four-day field visit. Putting together the estimates of damages made in two phases, we have shown a loss of Rs 5,832cr,” Special Relief Commissioner Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra told reporters here.
 
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.
 
Upon arrival, the SRC apprised the flood situation to the eleven-member team led by Rashmi Goel, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs. 
“The team will be divided into two groups and will visit the most affected districts like Ganjam, Puri, Balasore and Mayurbhanj,” Mohapatra said.
 
Meanwhile, the Odisha government said that water levels in many rivers have started receding, including Subarnarekha in Balasore district. Yesterday, the water level in Subarnarekha was 10.99 m against the danger level of 10.36 m, official sources said adding that Budhabalang and Jalaka rivers in Mayurbhanj district are flowing below danger level.
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