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Drought looms large in wake of scanty rain

Bhubaneswar, October 12, 2017: Drought situation looms large as 98 blocks in the State have received low rainfall. Situation in three districts-Bolangir, Nuapada and Bargarh is grim as these western Odisha districts witnessed the lowest shower this season.

Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi took stock of the situation in a review meeting here at the State Secretariat and asked district collectors to submit detail report by October 22.

After analysing the reports, the Government may take a final call on declaring drought by October 31.

“As many as 98 blocks have received scanty rainfall and Bolangir, Nuapada and Bargarh districts are the worst affected. Collectors have been asked to submit report by October 22,” said Padhi after emerging from the meeting.

The Chief Secretary directed the officials to ensure immediate functioning of the newly set up lift irrigation points in Bolangir, Nuapada and Bargarh districts.

Special Relief Commissioner Bishnupada Sethi, Development Commissioner R Balkrishnan and Panchayati Raj Department Secretary Deo Ranjan Singh attended the meeting.

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