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Odisha pegs flood damage figure at Rs 218.72 crore, seeks Central help

Bhubaneswar, Aug 9, 2017: With the flash floods leaving a trail of destruction in southern Odisha, the State Government on Wednesday pegged the damage at Rs 218.72 crore.

The southern districts of Rayagada, Kalahandi, Malkangiri, Nawarangpur and Koraput were severely affected due to heavy rain and floods in river Nagavali, Kalyani, Indravati, Turi, Bhaskel, Bangeri, Hati, and other river systems between July 15 and July 19.

Rayagada district, especially its two Scheduled Tribe dominated Kalyansinghpur and Sadar blocks, was the worst affected due to flood in the Nagavali and Kalyani.

“Based on the reports received from different departments and the affected districts, the financial loss caused by these floods has been estimated at Rs 218.72 crore,” said a Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) communiqué.

The report on damages on account of floods/ heavy rain was sent to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs on Wednesday, it added.

The Central Government has also been requested to take expeditious steps for restoration of the damaged railway bridges (one near Kartikguda and another between Therubali and Singapur RD stations) and tracks, damaged national highways and the telecom lines.

The disaster severely affected the lives and private as well as public properties in the affected districts. About 1.82 lakh people in 528 villages of 33 blocks of these five districts were affected by these floods.

Though there was no human casualty directly on account of flood, two people died in Kalahandi due to landslide and another in Malkangiri due to wall collapse.

Notably, there was no human casualty in the worst affected Rayagada district due to proactive steps of the State Government.

As per preliminary assessment, as many as 5136 private houses have been damaged.

Similarly, the flood water has badly affected 23,991 hectare of agriculture land including 169.6 ha of paddy nursery area, 21,978 ha of paddy area and 2,013ha of non-paddy area.

Agriculture land to the extent of 110.66 ha has been sand cast in Nawarangpur. At least 28 fishing net and seven boats have been damaged in Kalahandi.

Massive damage has been caused to public properties like canals, river embankments, roads, bridges, culverts, drains, water works, tube wells, lift irrigation points, electrical installations, telecommunications infrastructure and government buildings, the SRC release added.

As many as 116 PWD roads measuring 597.125 km have been damaged. Also, 160 CD works on PWD roads have been damaged and 31 breaches have occurred on PWD roads. Similarly rural roads measuring 128.320 km have been badly damaged. As many as 71 breaches have occurred in rural roads, 66 CD works have been damaged and seven CDs have been washed away, it added.

Due to floods and heavy rain, properties/ infrastructure of residential schools under SSD, roads, water supply, drainage, electricity, plantations have been badly damaged 96 utilities have been damaged. Six LAC building have been damaged.

As many as 83 Anganwadi Centres, 84 Primary and Upper Primary Schools and 38 High Schools have been damaged due to floods in Rayagada and Kalahandi while a total of 372 lift irrigation points of Kalahandi have been damaged due to flood water, it stated.

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