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Cyclone Bulbul Impact: Agriculture Sector Worst Affected, Says Central Team

15 November 2019

Debashish Maharana

Bhubaneswar: Agriculture sector has been the worst affected due to Cyclone Bulbul, said Central team leader Saheli Ghosh Roy speaking to reporters after having a meeting with Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy, Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Pradip Kumar Jena and other senior officials of the State government at the Lok Seva Bhawan here this evening.

"We saw that there has been a lot of damage to the agriculture sector. Paddy has been completely destroyed in the coastal areas" informed Roy.

The Central team leader further said that there has been other damages which include damage to infrastructure, transmission lines, huts etc.

"I have seen partially damaged huts in Bhadrak," she added.

While pointing out that they had a very short time of only two days, so they could only visit four districts Roy said that the State government has given an overview of the damages because of Cyclone Bulbul.

The Central team leader stated that after submission of memorandum by the State government they will be making their recommendations and report to the Government of India.

SRC Pradip Jena said that as per the original plan , the Central team on its arrival yesterday visited Dhamra in Bhadrak district.

"The team visited some villages in the evening and halted for the night there. In the evening we discussed with them that can the team be divided into two groups so that they can visit at least four districts. They readily agreed and within the night helipads were readied," informed Jena.

He said today one group visited Basudevpur area in Bhadrak district and Bhograi area in Balasore district another group visited Rajnagar area of Kendrapara and Ersama and its adjoining areas after alighting at Paradip.

"The team's first impression is that agriculture is the worst hit in the cyclone which we too were saying. Their opinion is that the agriculture sector has suffered the maximum loss,” Jena informed commenting on the Central team's view on damages due to Cyclone Bulbul.

"As per our preliminary estimate, there has been a crop loss of 33% and above in over 2lakh hectares of farmland. As of now, the assessment overall remains the same," he added.

Saheli Ghosh Roy, Leader, Inter Ministerial Central Team

Pradip Jena, SRC, Odisha