Kalahandi Curse Looms Again on Odisha

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Bhubaneswar: A total 107 blocks spread across 12 districts of Odisha are facing drought-like situation and suffered crop loss of 33 per cent or more, state Revenue and Disaster Management minister Bijayshree Routray today said.

“Eye estimation reports so far received by the agriculture department show crop loss to the extent of 33 per cent and more in 2, 57,930 hectare of crop land in 12 districts,” Routray told reporters here.

The districts which have been affected due to scanty rainfall and resulting drought-like situation are Balasore, Boudh, Jajpur, Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Keonjhar, Khurda, Mayurbhanj, Nabarangpur, Nayagarh, Puri and Subarnapur. Extensive crop loss has been seen in Khurda district where damage has been reported from about 66,540 hectares, he said.

Asked about the scenario in the rest of the state, the minister said, “As per reports received from district collectors and agriculture department, transplanting of paddy was delayed in many places due to shortage of rainfall.”

A joint survey on the crop loss due to drought-like situation was being carried out by agriculture and revenue departments, he said. The cumulative rainfall in the state from June one to September 30 counted for a shortfall of 9.9 per cent, he added.

PTI

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