Bhubaneswar: With as many as 25 blocks in eight districts receiving heavy rainfall, Odisha government today termed the calamity as a State Specific Disaster and asked Collectors to undertake relief measures if required.
This was stated by state’s Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) B P Sethi, who also suggested the district collectors to undertake immediate repair and restoration work of public infrastructure out of State Disasters Response Fund.
“The collectors of eight districts have been asked to undertake relief measures where required,” BP Sethi said.
The SRC said at least 25 blocks in eight districts namely Balasore, Jagatsinghpur, Jajpur, Khordha, Mayurbhanj, Nayagarh, Puri and Rayagada have received heavy rainfall due to incessant rain in the last 24 hours.
The average rainfall of the 25 blocks was 160.952 mm, as against the state average of 48.2 mm, the SRC said adding that the highest rainfall of 274 mm was recorded in Kanas block of Puri.
Three other blocks also recorded more than 200 mm rainfall. They are Khunta and Gopabandhu Nagar in Mayurbhanj (217.2 mm each) and Chilika in Puri (207 mm).