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Titli: Odisha govt approves Rs 2,770 crore as damage assistance

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government today approved Rs 2,770 crores as damage assistance for the districts affected by cyclone ‘Titli’ and resultant flood. The government also sanctioned money to several departments for restoration work.

The funds were approved in a high-level meeting of State Disaster Management Authority chaired Chief Secretary AP Padhi at the State Secretariat today.

“The funds distributed to the affected districts were approved today. Ganjam, Gajapati and Rayagada district were given Rs 102 crore as the first instalment of Gratuitous Relief,” Special Relief Commissioner Bishnuapada Sethi said after the meeting.

An amount of Rs 375 crore has been approved as relief. After the distribution of first instalment, the affected people will receive the rest amount through bank account, Sethi added.

An advance amount of Rs 27 crore was also sanctioned for Energy Department to undertake restoration work while Food and Civil Supplies Department got Rs 20 crore towards distribution of dry foods.

Similarly, Water Resources Department has received Rs 7 crore for repair work of lift irrigation point. Works Department will undertake restoration with Rs 50 crore. Rs 55 crore was sanctioned for Rural Development Department to expedite repair work.

To repair damaged roads, Anganwadi Centres, Primary Health Centres,  Panchayati Raj Department has been given Rs 624 crore. Similarly, Veterinary Department got Rs 2 crore to compensate loss to livestock, Sethi informed.

Collectors of Ganjam, Gajapati and Rayagada have been directed to submit crop damage assessment report in two days, the SRC maintained.

The meeting also focussed on measures to make Odisha more disaster-resilient in terms the existing and new infrastructure.

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