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Orissa seeks flood aid from Centre

india Updated: Sep 17, 2006 20:13 IST
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Orissa sought financial assistance of Rs 17.97 billion from the Centre to tackle the floods that hit the state five times in the past two months affecting over 3.2 million people.

The state government had earlier sought Rs 11.31 billion flood assistance, after the first flood in July this year.

"Since the situation is grave and deteriorated further with several rounds of floods, we submitted our revised demand," state Special Relief Commissioner Jagadananda Panda said on Tuesday.

The state government placed the demand before the seven member central team who arrived here on Monday to assess the damage caused by the past ive floods, he said.

The central team led by ministry of home affairs Joint Secretary SK Chattopadhyay divided itself into groups and are touring flood hit regions, he said.

The state witnessed the series of floods due to repeated low pressure in Bay of Bengal. It caused extensive damage in 26 of state's 30 districts killing over 85 people damaging properties worth billions.