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Central Team to Submit Report on Hudhud Damage in 15 Days

Bhubaneswar, Nov 20: An eight-member central team appointed to assess the damages caused due to cyclone Hudhud in Odisha met chief minister Naveen Patnaik and chief secretary GC Pati at the state secretariat on Wednesday. The team observed that the cyclone has caused heavy destruction and they would submit a report regarding to the Home Ministry in 15 days.

The team during its visit to selected places in four districts found heavy damage in the southern part of the state. "The affected people were mostly tribal who lost houses and crops due to the calamity", said Gopal Krishan Dwivedi, who is leading the the central team.

Dwivedi, who is Joint Secretary (Foreigners), Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), said the team met the affected people including farmers, district officials, state officials and CM Naveen Patnaik during the two-day tour.

"We saw many houses completely damaged and roads also", he said adding while maize crop had been extensively damaged,loss to paddy cultivation was comparatively less. This is because the maize plants could not stand the wind.

The team also witnessed damage of electrical installations in the districts of Koraput, Malkangiri, Gajapati and Rayagada, Diwedi said adding they observed that all the damaged roads were repaired as almost one month has passed since the calamity hit the state.

The state government has urged the Central team to submit its report to the home ministry as soon as possible so that restoration work can be expedited.

"We have urged the Central Team to ensure that Odisha gets Rs 399.83 crore under NDRF which has not been sanctioned by the Union Government since cyclone Phailin hit the state in 2013," Special Relief Commissioner P K Mohapatra told reporters after the central team met the Chief Minister.

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