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Bhubaneswar: Odisha Revenue Minister Maheswar Mohanty on Tuesday informed that the state suffered crop loss in over 3.15 lakh hectares land due to drought this year.
According to Mohanty, the crop loss was reported in 1,125 gram panchayats spread over 70 blocks in 15 districts of the state.
The Minister said that the assessment which has been made on the basis of field survey revealed that Balangir, Bargarh, Dhenkanal, Boudh and Nuapada are most affected with Bolangir topping the list with 14 blocks followed by Bargarh with 10 blocks.
He further said, “A meeting with the concerned departments will be held again on October 27 and final report will be submitted to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. Subsequently, a drought assistance package for the affected districts will be announced.”
Adding to it the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Bishnupada Sethi said, “The state government has received drought reports from the district Collectors and is examining the reports following which the drought-hit areas will be declared by October 30.”