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Central Team In Odisha

Bhubaneswar: An inter-ministerial Central team led by joint secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, Saurav Ray in Odisha to assess losses caused due to Cyclone Jawad, an official said here on Sunday.

Before leaving for field verification to six affected districts, the team members held discussion with Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) PK Jena here.

The six-member team has been divided into three sub-teams. While one sub-team is visiting Ganjam and Puri districts, the second one will assess losses in Jagatsinghpur and Cuttack districts and the third sub-team to examine the damage in Jajpur and Kendrapara districts. All three sub-teams left to the affected districts, said Jena. 
“As no major damage has been caused to infrastructure due to the cyclone, we told the team that maximum damage has been caused to crops,” he said.

Jena said that the assessment of agricultural damage is a little difficult. “We have informed the team about districts which were affected by the cyclone Jawad. Once we get the district-wise damage assessment report, we will submit our memorandum to the Centre,” he added.

After carrying an assessment of damages and losses caused by the weather system the Central team will again hold discussion with the State government officials in Bhubaneswar. The Central team is scheduled to return to Delhi on December 13.

Notably, the cyclone reached near Odisha coast in the form of a depression on December 5 before moving towards West Bengal.