Odisha Sun Times Bureau
New Delhi, Aug 9:
The Centre has assured the Odisha government of all possible assistance to tackle the floods in the state. This was announced by Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu in the Rajya Sabha today.
Describing the flood situation in Odisha as serious, Naidu said Union Home minister Rajnath Singh had a telephonic conversation with chief minister Naveen Patnaik. The government has taken up the matter seriously, he added.
Raising the issue during the Zero Hour, Singh said a large number of people had been evacuated from the low lying areas of the rivers after their houses were swept away by floodwater. Besides, the flood had also caused massive damage to paddy crops in nearly two lakh hectares, he added.
Singh urged the Centre to help the Odisha government in the rescue and relief operations.