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Pay house damage compensation to flood victims in three days: Odisha CM

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Bhubaneswar: The three senior IAS officials, who were deputed to monitor the flood situation and submit damage assessment reports of three flood-affected district of Odisha, today submitted their report to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik here.

Additional Chief Secretary, Home Department Asit Tripathy submitted the report on flood situation and damages in Rayagada district which had faced one of the worst floods in the recent years.

Kalyansinghpur, Rayagada and Kashipur blocks have been affected in the flood. As many as 25 roads, six bridges and nine small irrigation projects were damaged while a railway bridge at Therubali was washed away in the floods, said Asit Tripathy.

The Railway department will be informed for early renovation of the bridge to restore communication facility, he added.

The Chief Minister ordered to provide compensation for reconstruction of the damaged houses within three days following NDRF and SDRF rule. He also directed to restore electricity supply by August 2.

Similarly, Forest and Environment Additional Chief Secretary Suresh Mohaptra, who was assigned for Bhadrak district, said that Bhandaripokhari and Dhamnagar blocks were affected in the recent floods, with communication facility being the worst-hit.

He suggested the Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Departments to increase height of the roads in the affected areas.

Water Resources Department Chief Secretary Pradeep Jena informed that a 100-150 feet long breach along Brahmani river embankment under Kimbhiriapal panchayat in Jajpur district this afternoon has affected 16 villages of four panchayats in Bari block and 18 villages of four panchayats in Jajpur block.

As many as 6,000 people are being evacuated to safer places and the district administration is monitoring the rescue operation, he added.

Naveen Patnaik ordered Jena for quick repair of the breach and to visit the spot to take stock of the situation.