Reported by Ranjan Rath
Rayagada, Nov 19:
The eight-member Central team returned to the state capital city this afternoon after winding up its field visit to the four cyclone-hit districts of south Odisha.
On the second and last day of its visit, the team toured Rayagada and Malkangiri districts.
The A team, led by Gopal Krishna Dwidevi, joint secretary, Home ministry with three other members—Virendra Singh, director, Union Agriculture ministry, AS Parmar, additional director, ministry of Finance, and Ansul Rehman of ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation— arrived at the Malkangiri district headquarters in a special helicopter at 10 AM today.
The team later went to Kudumulgumma block by road and visited several cyclone-hit tribal villages and hamlets of Somnathpur panchayat and took stock of the damages caused by Cyclone Hudhud.
From there, the team returned to the district headquarters and held a review meeting with collector D Prashant Reddy, SP Mitrabhanu Mohapatra and other district officials.
The B team, consisting of RK Verma, chief engineer, ministry of Energy; RP Panda of Road Transport ministry; Unman Sarangi, additional director, Rural Development ministry and Atul Kumar Nayak, superintending engineer, Central Water Commission, during its visit to Rayagada district arrived at Gunupur stadium in a special helicopter at 9.30 AM.
Later, they went to Jagannathpur and met the affected families. From there, the team visited Relisahi, Indira Awas Colony and Baligeda Nala areas. On its way to the sub divisional headquarters, the team visited Archanguda panchayat.
After reaching Gunupur, the team had a meeting at the sub collector’s office at 11.30 AM. Rayagada collector Sashi Bhusan Padhi gave a Powerpoint presentation on the damage caused by the cyclone in Rayagada district.
Briefing newsmen before leaving the district, Dwidevi said the team had visited some of most affected areas in these four districts to get a sense of the damage caused by the cyclone. “We have taken note of the extensive damage in these districts and will discuss the matter with the state government in the evening,” he said.
However, member of the B team, RK Verma, told reporters that the damage was not that severe in Rayagada district.
“The team would submit a detailed report to the Centre after discussion with the state government,” he said.