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Government to feed flood-hit till water recedes
BHUBANESWAR: The State Government has decided to provide cooked food to the flood-affected people till the water completely recede..
BHUBANESWAR: The State Government has decided to provide cooked food to the flood-affected people till the water completely receded from the villages.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday reviewed the flood situation in the State at a high-level meeting. Five helicopters and 374 boats have been engaged in relief and restoration works as the situation remained grim in many areas.
Official sources said the flood situation is very serious in Bari, Dharmasala, Aul and Rajkanika in Jajpur district. However, water has receded in other parts. As many as 375 free kitchens have been opened in the affected areas where nearly 1.5 lakh people are fed daily. While 203 boats have been engaged in relief and restoration work in Kendrapara district, 171 boats are in service in Jajpur district.
Efforts are being made by the district administration to make more boats available for relief and restoration work in these two districts where the second wave of flood has caused widespread devastation. The Chief Minister said the free kitchens should be monitored by senior officials personally.
Naveen said adequate quantity of food materials, drinking water, polythene, medicine, halazone tablets, disinfectant and cattle feed should be stocked for emergency needs in the flood-hit areas.
Revenue and Disaster Management Minister Surya Narayan Patro, Chief Secretary Bijay Kumar Patnaik, Development Commissioner RN Senapati and secretaries of various departments attended the meeting.