Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik undertakes aerial survey of flood affected areas, announces relief for 15 days | Bhubaneswar News –

BHUBANESWAR: Chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday undertook an aerial survey of the flood-affected areas in the state and announced immediate assistance for the people for 15 days.
The chief minister took off from the city airport and took stock of the flood situation in some of the worst-hit areas in districts like Khurda, Puri, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur and Kendrapada. His secretary VK Pandian accompanied Naveen during the aerial survey.
Official sources in the chief minister’s office said Naveen expressed concern over submergence of huge areas in flood water. The flood in Mahanadi river basin has affected over 5 lakh people of over 1,700 villages in 10 districts of the state while over 2.2 lakh people have been marooned. It also affected over 35,000 hectares of crop areas and damaged over 2,500 houses.
The chief minister directed authorities to ensure all assistance to the people like cooked meal and other essentials, healthcare services, clean drinking water. He also directed to extend all facilities for the livestock in the affected areas.
While announcing relief assistance, Naveen said the affected people in worst-hit districts like Khurda, Puri, Cuttack, Kendrapada and Jagatsinghpur will get relief for 15 days. Similarly, people in flood affected villages in districts like Sambalpur, Bargarh, Sonepur, Boudh and Angul will get relief for seven days.
Though the details of the relief to be given to the affected people has not been specified, official sources said the assistance (both in terms of cash and kind) will be given in accordance with the relief code. An official said the district collectors are authorized to take a call based on the situation on the ground.
Naveen also directed the officials to assess the damages within seven days and to provide the assistance for crop loss and house damage within the next 15 days.
While reviewing preparedness to tackle the flood, the chief minister had directed people to ensure “zero casualty” and to shifting of people from the vulnerable areas to safety to prevent loss of lives.