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Drought Hits Nine Districts


State Government has declared Drought in Nine Districts of Odisha, where distress situation has developed due to dry spell, poor crop conditions.

 
Drought of Moderate and Severe Nature has been declared in an area of 2.33 Lakh Hectares in 5,633 Villages under 1,186 Gram Panchayats of 66 Blocks and 78 Wards in 16 Urban Local Bodies of Nine Districts.
 
Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) and Secretary Disaster Management, Bishnupada Sethi has brought out a Notification on 31 October in this regard.
 
According to notification, which has taken into account the conditions as arising from Dry Spell, Poor Crop Conditions, ascertained the distress situation that is likely to develop in the areas affected by these conditions.
 
Those Districts areas are Bargarh, Bolangir, Deogarh, Jharsuguda, Kalahandi, Nabarangpur, Nuapada, Sambalpur and Sundargarh.
Declaration of Drought would come into effect immediately and would continue to be in effect for six months, said the Notification.
 
According to Reports received from the District Collectors of these above Districts, the State Government has declared Drought.
 
While in Bolangir, 1125 Villages under 231 GPs under 10 Blocks, Two ULBs with Three Wards and in Sundargarh 859 Villages of 184 Gram Panchayats under 13 Blocks and 14 Wards under Three ULBs are affected due to Drought.
 
Similarly, in Nabarangpur, 754 Villages under 172 GPs in 10 Blocks have suffered dry spell and poor crop conditions and in Kalahandi, 403 Villages under 117 GPs in Five Blocks and One ULB with Four Wards have been affected due to drought conditions.
 
In Bargarh District, 678 Villages in 127 GPs under 10 Blocks Two ULBs with Three Wards have been affected by Drought Conditions.
 
Nuapada District also facing Drought conditions in 623 Villages in 123 GPs under Five Blocks and One ULB with Five Wards are affected due to Drought, said the Report of the District Collector.
 
Under this backdrop, the State Government has authorized the District Collectors to undertake Relief Measures in the Notified Areas so that farmers will not face hardship, said an official.


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