Flood situation improves in Odisha

The rain and flood situation in Odisha has improved with the low pressure that had activated the monsoon in the state weakening further.

However, the three days of continuous rain inflicted severe damage to paddy crops as well as road infrastructure besides private properties in at least five districts particularly in southern and western region of the state. The five districts are Koraput, Rayagara, Gajapati and Ganjam in the south and Kalahandi in western Odisha.

The state government on Saturday directed the collectors of the five districts to assess the damage and send a report to the revenue department so that compensation, especially to the farmers, can be paid as early as possible.

“We have already asked the collectors of the affected districts to send their assessment report as early as possible. The damage was certainly high as some of the districts like Koraput received more than 600 mm of rainfall in three days,” State Revenue Minister Surya Narayan Patra said.

Meanwhile, the local weather office has said that though there has been improvement in the rainfall situation, some areas of the state may continue to receive heavy rainfall during the coming 24 hours as the monsoon has still remained active over Odisha. However, there will be further improvement in rainfall situation after 24 hours.

“Rainfall may occur at many places over Odisha in the next 24 hours. In one or two places the rain will be heavy to very heavy”, a met department press release said.
DH News Service

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