Orissa seeks R2,120 crore in flood relief

Written by fe Bureau | Bhubanewsar | Updated: Sep 23 2011, 09:16am hrs
The Orissa government on Thursday submitted a memorandum to the central government seeking financial assistance of R2,120.92 crore for relief and rehabilitation in flood affected areas of the state.

The state special relief commissioner (SRC), Pradipta Mohapatra, said that the memorandum, which was sent to New Delhi by a special messenger, has been given to the Union home ministry on Thursday.

The SRC said an 11-member Central team headed by OP Mahey, joint secretary in the ministry of home affairs, is expected to visit the state by the weekend to assess the flood damages.

The flood triggered by heavy rains and release of water from Hirakud dam have killed 26 people and affected over 2 million people in 19 of the 30 districts in the state. The districts worst hit by the calamity include Kendrapara, Jagatsingpur, Puri, Boudh, Subarnapur, Cuttack and Nayagarh.

Mohapatra said the memorandum has been prepared on the basis of damage assessment report submitted by collectors of 19 flood affected districts.

Stating that the flood has extensively damaged houses, roads, embankments, irrigation and drainage infrastructures in the state, he said the state government sought R226.07 crore for the works department and R363.65 crore for the rural development department. Besides R8.99 crore has been sought for restoring supply of drinking water in rural areas. Similarly, R442.27 crore has been demanded for repair of roads and bridges, community tanks under the panchyati raj department.

However, embankment roads and canal suffered the maximum damage in the flood and the state government has decided to demand R617.17 crore from the Centre for their repair. The SRC said there were 49 breaches on embankments because of the flood.

Assistance sought under the water resources department for different heads is R111.41 crore.

For pure relief measures, including input subsidy for farmers and house building assistance, R162.77 crore has been sought. According to latest estimates, 1,16,708 houses were damaged in the flood for which R26.71 crore has been earmarked. Besides, input subsidy for farmers will be R32.35 crore.

The memorandum has demanded R15.56 crore for restoration of electricity in the flood-affected villages. Besides, R55 crore has been sought for repair of roads and drains under the housing and urban development department. For restoration of water supply in urban areas, R19.50 crore has been demanded.