A four-member central team visited drought-affected areas in Orissa's backward Kalahandi district on Thursday to assess the situation.
The team conducted field surveys in Bhatipada, Kodobhata, Kuliapali, Mahaling, Makraguda and Bordi villages under Kuhura and Mahaling gram panchayts of Golamunda block and interacted with farmers about their problems.
In Bhatipada, villagers alleged distress condition due to heavy crop loss and reported that under the prevailing situation more than 70 per cent of the population have already migrated, while at Mahaling the villagers displayed the damaged dry crop.
In Kodobhata village the team visited the damaged paddy fields.
In most parts farmers could not harvest paddy and the dry plants bore testimony the plight of the farmers.
As the land lacked moisture, Rabi crop harvesting could not be taken up and the entire region had a barren look.
The Central team also visited an Anganwadi center at Seinpur and work of NREGA project at Sapsilet under Bhawanipatna block.
District Collector Kalahandi RS Gopalan, revenue officials and Agriculture officials accompanied the team.