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Tag: Special Relief Commissioner

After 'no flood' assurances, SRC now alerts of low to medium scale flood

Bhubaneswar: After “No flood” assurances, the Special Relief Commissioner today alerted of a low to medium scale flood in the Mahanadi river system. With torrential and incessant rain continuing to lash several parts of the state including upper catchment and lower areas of Mahanadi, a low to medium scale flood could be possible in the […]

District collectors put on alert; officials to stay put in headquarters: SRC

Bhubaneswar: With impending threat of floods in the state owing to incessant rains lashing almost all parts over the past few days, the district collectors have been asked to be on alert to meet with any exigency. In a letter to the collectors today, the Special Relief Commissioner has asked them to maintain vigil and […]

At 44.2 Deg C Bhubaneswar Hottest In Odisha, Mercury Breaches 73 Year Record
45 sunstroke deaths reported in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: While 45 sunstroke deaths have been reported so far this year in Odisha, seven cases have been confirmed as heat stroke deaths, informed Deputy Special Relief Commissioner, Pravat Ranjan Mohapatra today. According to sources, out of total 45 cases reported so far, inquiry is underway into 38 cases and Collectors have been asked to […]

Odisha to sign MoU for early lightning warning system soon: SRC

Bhubaneswar: Concerned over rise in the number of casualties due to lightning strike incidents, Odisha government will soon sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with US-based Lightning analysing system ‘Earth Network’. Informing about the development, Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Bishnupada Sethi stated that the agreement with the US-basd firm will be signed this week. The […]

1,256 lightning deaths reported in 3 years in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: On an average nearly 400 people die of lightning every year in Odisha while 1,256 people have succumbed to lightning strikes during the last three years from 2015 to 2018. In 2015-16, the number of lightning deaths was 399, while it claimed 460 lives in 2017-18, as per the recent information released by Special […]

Pest Menace: Farmers, including sharecroppers, to get compensation

Bhubaneswar: Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Bishnupada Sethi today issued guidelines to all the district collectors on allocation of compensation for crop loss due to pest attack. The agriculture input subsidy will be provided to actual farmers, including share croppers and lessees.  Farmers allotted land under the Forest Rights Act will also be provided the subsidy. […]

98 bonded labourers from Bolangir rescued

Bolangir: As many as 98 bonded labourers, including 18 children were rescued by police today at Kantabanji railway station in Bolangir. Eleven persons working as middlemen were also detained by the police. “50 male, 20 female and 18 children being trafficked to brick kilns in Hyderabad, Chirlapalli, Kunoor in Andhra Pradesh were rescued,” said Kantabanji […]

SRC visits Nuapada, Bolangir to review drought situation

Bolangir: A team of representatives led by Special Relief Commissioner Bishnupada Sethi is on a visit to western Odisha to review the drought situation in the areas. After visiting Nuapada on Tuesday, the team today is at Bolangir for the survey. Besides reviewing the condition of crop lands, it is also interacting with the farmers […]

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No drought-like situation in State: Govt

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government today set aside the allegations of drought-like situation in State even as Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) claimed several areas received scanty rainfall this year. Speaking on the adjournment motion moved by the Congress, Revenue Minister Maheswar Mohanty said the State registered 9.9 per cent less rainfall than normal by September 13 […]

Odisha recorded 17.4% less rainfall in August: SRC office

Bhubaneswar: The State recorded 17.4% less rainfall of 293.9 mm in August as against the normal rainfall at 356 mm, said the Special Relief Commissioner’s (SRC) office on Thursday. Malkangiri experienced maximum rainfall at 493.8 mm in the month while Boudh recorded minimum rainfall of 192 mm, as per the SRC office. The State experienced […]

Odisha recorded 280 lightning deaths in last five months: SRC

Bhubaneswar: As many as 280 people including 27 children were killed due to lightning since April this year, official sources said today. Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) B P Sethi said Ganjam and Mayurbhanj districts reported the highest number of 30 deaths each while Sonepur has recorded zero casualty. The deaths due to lightning occurred in […]

Average rainfall recorded in Odisha in July

Bhubaneswar: The State has received an average rainfall of 340.1 mm against the long term average of 339.9 mm in July this year, said a release from Special Relief Commissioner’s office today. Kalahandi district received the highest rainfall of 510.6 mm during in July whereas Nuapada district recorded the lowest rainfall of 170.9 mm. The […]

Flood alert issued for 4 blocks as Rengali dam opens more gates

Bhubaneswar/Balasore: Flood alert has been issued for Bari and Binjharpur blocks in Jajpur district, Aul and Rajkanika in Kendrapara district keeping in view the release of flood water from Rengali Dam on Thursday, said Special Relief Commissioner Bishnupada Sethi today. “The excess water released from the Rengali dam crossed Jenapur today. Hence the alert has […]

Heavy rainfall forecast for Odisha, collectors asked to remain alert: SRC

Bhubaneswar:  The Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) on Sunday asked collectors in several parts of Odisha to remain alert in view the heavy rain forecast issued by the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) for the next 3 days. The IMD Bhubaneswar has forecast heavy rain in north, interior and coastal parts of the state till July 20. […]

Odisha recorded 4% rainfall deficit in June: SRC office

Bhubaneswar: Odisha has witnessed four percent deficit rainfall of 207.9 mm in June as compared to the long term average or normal rainfall of 216.5 mm, said the Special Relief Commissioner office today. Eight districts namely Jajpur, Kendrapara, Balasore, Keonjhar, Nayagarh, Cuttack, Mayurbhanj and Jagatsinghpur recorded deficit in rainfall between 19% and 39% during June, […]

Compensation for electrocution on the cards in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Odisha government is planning to include electrocution in the list of notified disasters eligible for compensation from national and state disaster relief funds. Addressing a meeting of state level committee on natural calamities here on Monday, Special Relief Commissioner Bishnupada Sethi said the State is currently providing compensation for deaths related to sunstroke, fire, […]

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Heat wave sweeps Odisha, Titlagarh sizzles at 47 deg C

Bhubaneswar: Odisha continue to sizzle under intense heat with Titlagarh in western region of the state becoming the hottest place recording 47 degrees Celsius today, highest in the state so far this summer. The entire state virtually turned into a boiling cauldron as the mercury breached the 43 degrees mark in at least nine places […]

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Odisha sizzles under intense heat wave

Bhubaneswar: Odisha continue to sizzle under intense heat despite marginal drop in some areas as the mercury breached the 40 degrees Celsius mark in 12 places today. The maximum temperature stood at 45 degrees Celsius at Bhawanipatna, Balangir and Titlagarh, making these places the hottest in the state. Sonepur came close second recording 43 deg […]

Heat wave throws life out of gear in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Gruelling heat swept across Odisha today throwing life out of gear with Jharsuguda becoming the hottest place at 44.4 degrees Celsius. The number of deaths due to sun-stroke stood at three. The casualties have been reported from Bargarh, Angul and Balangir districts, the office of the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) said. The state virtually […]

52 killed in lightning across Odisha: SRC

At least 52 people have been killed after being struck by lightning in different parts of Odisha over the past three days, officials said today

Odisha braces for monsoon; asks dists to send preparedness report in 10 days

Ahead of the onset of the monsoon in Odisha, the administrations of all districts were today asked to submit final report about their preparedness in the next 10 days

Heatwave continues in W Odisha, 44.5 deg C at Bhawanipatna

Bhubaneswar: Grueling heat wave conditions persisted in western Odisha today with Bhawanipatna recording a high of 44.5 degree Celsius, while coastal parts of the state experienced a slight respite. While Bhawanipatna turned out to be the hottest place in the state, Sundargarh sizzled at 44 degrees and the coal town of Talcher recorded a maximum […]

Heat wave condition continues in western Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Western Odisha continued to suffer heat wave condition and the death toll in heat-related incidents in the state mounted to 17 today. The maximum temperature of 42.2 degrees Celsius was recorded at Sambalpur followed by 42 degrees at Celsius Titlagarh, MeT office sources said. The other places which suffered the brunt of heat wave […]

Odisha government confirms 14 sunstroke deaths

Bhubaneswar: Blistering heat wave condition continued in several parts of Odisha as 15 places recorded above 40 degree Celsius on Monday while the state government said it had received reports of deaths of 140 people due to sunstroke but only confirmed 14 of them. “We have received reports regarding death of 140 people due to […]

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Norwester brings some relief to interior Odisha, but heat wave continues

Bhubaneswar: Though people in some parts of interior Odisha had some relief from gruelling heat following reports of kalabaisakhi (norwester), there was no let up in the heat wave as temperature remained at 40 degree Celsius and above in 14 places. As per a Met release issued this evening, Sonepur was the hottest place in […]

Heat wave relents in coast; no respite in interior Odisha

Bhubaneswar: While the people of coastal Odisha had some relief from the scorching sun, there was no respite from the intense heat wave for the people in the interior region of the state on Monday. As per a Met release this evening, Titlagarh remained the hottest place in the state for the third consecutive day […]

Western Odisha sizzles; Mercury soars to 46 degrees in Sonepur, Sundergarh

While the people of coastal Odisha had a temporary relief from the intense heat wave, mercury rose alarmingly in almost all parts of west and central districts of the state today with Sonepur and Sundergarh recording 46 degree Celsius each, the highest temperature recorded in the state this summer

Heat stroke toll mounts to 24 in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: With most parts of Odisha reeling under an intense heat wave, the number of deaths due to heat stroke rose to 24 on Tuesday with reports of the death of seven more persons, sources in the office of the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) said. Notably, SRC Pradipta Kumar Mahapatra had told the media on […]

Heat wave: Govt announces closure of schools till Apr 20

Concerned over the unprecedented heat wave in Odisha, the state government on Monday announced the closure of all schools in the state till April 20

Sunstroke toll mounts to 16 in Odisha

With the intense heat wave throwing normal life out of gear in Odisha, the sunstroke toll went up to 16 in the state on Sunday with the death of three persons, sources in the control room of the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) said

OSDMA to take up drought management from this year

For the first time ever, the Odisha State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA) would take up drought management in the state from this year

Centre’s calculation on drought aid wrong: Odisha govt

The Odisha government on Wednesday claimed that the Centre has trimmed its drought assistance to the state due to wrong calculation

Odisha prepares SOP ahead of Lord Jagannath's Rath Yatra

Bhubaneswar: Keeping in view the stampede during a Lord Jagannath festival in 2006, Odisha Govenrment today approved a standard operating procedure for smooth management of the Rath Yatra at Puri on July 18. “All the departments linked with Nabakalebara festival have prepared their own disaster management plan. Taking all these plans together, Odisha State Disaster […]

Sunstroke death toll mounts to 63 in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: The sunstroke death toll in Odisha went upto 63 even as monsoon covered the entire state by third week of June. The collectors of different districts have so far confirmed deaths of 63 persons due to sunstroke in recent months, a communication from the special relief commissioner’s (SRC) office said today. “The collectors sent […]

10 drown, 10 missing as boat capsizes in Hirakud reservoir

At least ten persons drowned and seven others missing after a boat carrying over 90 persons capsized on the Hirakud reservoir in Sambalpur district, official sources said