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Odisha Special Relief Commissioner Directs District Collectors To Assess Crop Damage Post Cyclone

Heavy rains brought on by a deep depression cause damage to agriculture in Odisha.

Odisha Cyclone

Odisha Cyclone damage

On Monday, the district collectors were instructed by the Odisha government to submit a report regarding the damages inflicted upon the standing crop in their districts as a result of the rainfall caused by Cyclone Jawad. According to Sudam Marndi, the state minister of revenue and disaster management, he has requested damage assessment reports from each district collector and will then compensate the impacted growers in accordance with the relief code.

Loss has to be evaluated

“The department has already sought damage assessment report from the collectors. After a review on the damage caused due to the rainfall, financial aid will be provided to the affected persons as per the relief code norms,” said Marndi

A week after the cyclone fades, crop loss brought on by rains from the cyclone will be evaluated, according to Special Relief Commissioner Pradeep Jena.

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Odisha Cyclone caused significant agricultural damage

Heavy rains brought on by a deep depression cause damage to agriculture in Odisha. The Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) and the national weather forecaster have warned that the system may not pass over coastal Odisha and instead make landfall near the coast of West Bengal.

As matured paddy crops were inundated by torrential rainfall, farmers in at least ten districts of Odisha suffered significant agricultural damage, dash[ing] their dreams of a healthy harvest.

The depression that caused the torrential rains from December 3–5, 2021, submerged thousands of hectares of standing paddy.

Despite their best efforts, farmers in districts such as Ganjam, Gajapati, Jagatsinghpur, Khordha, Puri, Bhadrak, Balasore, Jajpur, Kendrapara, and Cuttack were unable to harvest their paddy crop.

“I had harvested paddy over four acres of land, but could not take it from threshing yard. The entire paddy has turned soggy,” said farmer Arun Jena from Balasore. “This year we started paddy crops late due to delayed rains, but now everything is gone,” said a farmer.