Jagatsinghpur, Nov 15 (LocalWire): A three-member inter-ministerial Central team accompanied by the director, agriculture, M Muthukumar and Collector Sangram Keshari Mohapatra, visited several villages of Paradip and Erasama today to assess the damage caused by Cyclone Bulbul.
They visited Baleipur panchayat and interacted with farmers whose crops were affected during the cyclone.
Farmers took the team around and showed how hundreds of acres of crops were submerged in water. So, the crops that survived the cyclone are now rotten.
The sarpanch of Baleipur panchayat Muralidhar Mallick said, ‘738 hectares of paddy crop was cultivated and 81 hectares got damaged during the cyclone in this panchyat.
The Central team visited the fields and saw our plight.’
Crops like paddy and other vegetables were worst-hit by Bulbul in Kujang, Erasama, Tirtol and other areas of Jagatsinghpur district.
The panchayats that the Central team couldn’t visit are apprehensive of receiving aid from the National Disaster Relief Fund.
The sarpanch of Gadharishpur, Bhimsen Rout said, ‘villagers are worried as the crop damaged in this panchayat was not assessed by the Central team.
But although the Central team skipped our panchayat, a district-level team led by deputy director, agriculture, Rabi Narayan Mohapatra, visited the farmlands and assured us of submitting a report regarding the damage caused here.’