Odisha CM reviews flood situation, orders quick relief to affected people

Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik today reviewed the flood situation in Malkangiri and Nabarangpur districts through video conferencing and directed the collector of Malkangiri district to provide emergency relief to affected people.

The CM also asked collectors of both the districts to assess the extent of damage and take steps for early recovery.

Informing that the intensity of rainfall in the district had come down, Malkangiri collector D Prasant Kumar Reddy apprised that the district administration had distributed chuda (flattened rice), jaggery and dal among people in the remote areas of the district. Around 600 people stay in relief camps, he added.

Confirming that road communication between Malkangiri and Kalimela had been disrupted due to overflowing of floodwaters on the roads, the Collector informed that two teams of the Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) were engaged in the relief and rescue works.

Stating that there had been no disruption of road communication in the district, Nabarangpur collector Rashmita Panda said that the district administration had kept adequate number of polythene sheets and relief materials in stock to tackle the possible flood situation.

Chief secretary GC Pati, Development Commissioner UN Behera, Special Relief Commissioner GVV Sharma, principal secretary, Water Resources, PK Jena, Works secretary Nalinikanta Pradhan and senior officials of the concerned departments were present in the review session.