Odisha to ask for central assistance

Odisha to ask for central assistance

Odisha government would dispatch a memorandum to the Centre seeking compensation for the heavy loss inflicted by Cyclone Hudhud, which has left broken roads, damaged government buildings and houses in its trail across several districts.

The memorandum would carry a detailed report on damages in various districts, particularly in the five southern districts that bore the brunt of Hudhud’s fury. Damages in three of them have been extremely severe.

“We have asked government departments to assess the damage in the affected districts and file a report as early as possible to facilitate preparation of the memorandum,” special relief commissioner (SRC) P K Mohapatra said here on Tuesday.

Hudhud smashed down roads, power installations and government facilities like schools in the three southern districts of Koraput, Malkangiri and Gajapati, where the damages have been severe. A preliminary report reveals nearly 80,000 thatched houses in these districts have either suffered severe damages or have broken down completely, while losses could go into lakhs as a result of destruction to the standing crops.

The SRC said restoration in the affected districts has been going on in war footing. He said road connectivity in the districts has been restored and power supply will be back by Tuesday evening. “All the affected districts would return to total normalcy within 48 hours,” Mohapatra further assured.

Almost all of the 2,33,000 evacuees sheltered in about 2000 relief camps during Cyclone Hudhud’s landfall have returned home.

State Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who made an aerial survey of the cyclone-hit districts on Tuesday besides holding review meetings at Koraput and Rayagara, also confirmed that the Centre would be moved for assistance.