Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jun 22:
Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik today directed the collector of Malkangiri district to provide emergency relief to the flood-hit people.
The directive of the chief minister came while reviewing the flood situation in Malkangiri and Nabarangpur districts through video conferencing at the State Secretariat here.
Patnaik asked both the collectors to assess the extent of damage and take steps for repair of damaged roads at the earliest.
Malkangiri collector D Prasant Kumar Reddy informed that the intensity of rainfall in the district had come down. While around 600 people are in the relief camps, the district administration has distributed chuda (flattened rice), jaggery and dal among the flood-hit people in the remote areas of the district, he added.
He also said two teams of the Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) are engaged in the relief and rescue work.
The collector, however, said road communication between Malkangiri and Kalimela had been disrupted due to overflowing of floodwaters on the roads.
Nabarangpur collector Rashmita Panda said Indravati and Raskel rivers were now flowing under the danger mark.
Stating that there had been no disruption of road communication in the district, she said the district administration had kept adequate number of polythene sheets and relief materials in stock to tackle the possible flood situation.
Chief secretary GC Pati, Development Commissioner UN Behera, Special Relief Commissioner GVV Sharma, principal secretary, Water Resources, PK Jena, Works secretary Nalinikanta Pradhan and senior officials of the concerned departments were present.